The State now claims deity in defining morality, a life worth living, and what a human person is.
Scripture: Psalm 139
- In the context of moral chaos and a murderous society, Psalm 139 speaks to us today.
- The Psalm celebrates the intimate omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence of God, as well as His mercy and judgment.
- This is a tremendously comforting Psalm for those who fear God, yet it is terrifying for those who work evil.
- God knows all men and their aims and desires, and as our Creator, God tests and searches us.
- We're confronted with Gods' sovereignty, providence and predestination in this Psalm.
- The message of God's omniscience is an insult to rebellious man's sense of autonomy and independence.
- God's lawful authority extends over us completely (v. 5).
- God lays His hand upon us for our good: for judgment, discipline, or blessing, or for His own mysterious purposes.
- God's sovereignty is seen in His complete providential government of our lives from beginning to end.
- The womb is the studio where God forms our embryo; He also sets our life's course (Jer. 1:5; Gal. 1:15-16). Man's responsibility and God's sovereignty are both revealed in scripture, yet we feel a tension due to our limits as creatures.
- Abortion is condemned in Exodus 20:13 and 21:22-25.
- God sees the womb as the ultimate place of protection, and His law prohibits the exploitation of the womb.
- Eugenics, a wicked agenda seeking to guide evolution by controlling who reproduces, lives on in the abortion industry.
- There is something profoundly evil about a culture embracing abortion, euthanasia, and eugenics.
- Christ alone is the source of resurrection and life. When we're separated from Him a culture of death consumes us.
- The State now claims deity in defining morality, a life worth living, and what a human person is.
- Abortion is a matter of theology (God's Word), not politics, because all life is controlled by God, not man or the State.
- To take human life lawlessly is an attempt to play God (cf. Psalm 5:4-8).
- God hates and abhors evil men. If we do not have an abhorrence of sin, our godliness is defective.
- There's no middle ground; if we love righteousness we cannot approve and support wickedness.
- Love is not to have warm feelings for your enemies; we are to treat enemies in accordance with God's Law.
- You can't separate love from God’s Law. Romans 13:10
- We must have an aversion to wicked people. To delight in or accommodate such people is to participate in their evil.
- Nothing can come before honouring God and His Word.
- The false, anti-biblical view of the human person divorces intention and action, denying responsibility for crime.
- Biblically, sin is something that we do. Murderers are evil because murder is evil. There is no crime without the criminal.
- All sin can be forgiven; God cares so much for us that He formed us in the womb, and He offers us renewal in Christ.
- David knew his integrity was not enough; he concludes the psalm asking God to search him, and trusting His guidance.
- What are the implications of Psalm 139:1-3 for believers and for unbelievers?
- Has God laid His hand upon us? (v. 5) Do we ;live in light of God’s lawful authority over our lives?
- How does Psalm 139 speak to our culture of death?
- What should we do in response to the destruction of the most helpless and innocent of human beings?
- What is providence? Do we delight in the goodness and wonder of God’s sovereign providence? (Cf. vv. 13-18)
- How do we reconcile the Psalmist’s call to hate the wicked with Jesus’ command to love our enemies? (See vv. 19-22)
- Is my life open before God? Do I pray Psalm 139:23-24?