This week’s lesson is on The Everlasting Presence of God. Psalm 139:1-24 tells us that God knows us, is with us, made us, His thoughts are precious to us, He slays the wicked, and searches and knows our hearts. If we understand this, then it should cause to act in a certain way toward others. Hebrews 13:1-8 tells us how. When we understand our relationship with God, other believers, then it will cause us to serve. Galatians 6:1-10 gives us some suggestions on how to do that. Finally, Colossians 3:23 sums up the lesson.
THE EVERLASTING PRESENCE OF GOD
GOD DWELLS WITH US CONTINUALLY
GOD CARES FOR US
1) GOD KNOWS US (1-6)
O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
2) GOD IS WITH US (7-12)
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
3) GOD MADE US (13-16)
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
4) GOD’S THOUGHTS ARE PRECIOUS TO US (17-18)
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
5) GOD SLAYS THE WICKED (19-21)
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
6) GOD SEARCHES US AND KNOWS OUR HEARTS (22-24)
I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
CONDUCT TOWARD OTHERS
1) BROTHERLY LOVE (1)
Let brotherly love continue.
2) ENTERTAIN STRANGERS (2)
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3) REMEMBER THEM WHICH ARE IN BONDS (3)
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4) PURITY IN MARRIAGE (4)
4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5) BE NOT COVETOUSNESS, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE (5-6)
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
6) REMEMBER THEM THAT HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU V.7
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
7) JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TODAY, AND FOREVER V.8
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE
1) BEAR ONE ANOTHERS BURDENS (1-6)
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.5 For every man shall bear his own burden.6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
2) SOW RIGHTEOUSNESS (7-8)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
3) DO GOOD TO ALL MEN (9-10)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
COLOSSIANS 3: 23
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;