Scriptures with Songs

Knowing God

god knowContrary to what most people have been led to believe, one most important revelation of Scriptures is the understanding that our God is knowable. That God is not some “mysterious” inexplicable Being, amorphous, impersonal, and thoughtlessly moving the universe. He is not some distant or ‘absentee’ God, but directly very personal, and is actually can be real in time and space.

It is His desire to enter into that intimate and covenantal relationship with His creation. Since the beginning, He already set the plan, by making “mankind”—as  the crown of His creation— made in “His Own image… according to His likeness.” (Genesis 1:26-27). For what purpose? This is something to be understood only by acquainting with Him and His word.    

There are many religions whose concept of “god” is either that impersonal force (Buddhism, Taoism, etc), or an essence that dwells within all objects or things (Pantheism, or  Monism—all are aspect of one ‘god being’). The God of the Bible is different, He is a personal Being, and is very distinct from all other beings and created things.

Yet, how does one get to know God—intimately and personally?

How can one’s knowledge about God turn into the knowledge and understanding of the One true God?

Generally speaking, there are two ways God can be made known. First, is through the revelation of His written words, the Scriptures—which is a collection of writings, without which nothing will be made known as to the source (origin, beginning) of everything; and second, through His creation—the witness and identification of His expressed works/actions, and imprint (shadow, magnification) of His nature and character.

Basically, there are six (6) foundational principles of knowing God that will guide our readings/meditations of Scriptures all throughout. They are as follows:

  1. Knowing God Through His Creation
  2. Knowing God Through His Word/Scriptures
  3. Knowing God Through His Righteous Laws/Commandments
  4. Knowing God Through His Spirit/Mind/Power
  5. Knowing God Through His Son Jesus Christ.
  6. Knowing God is to Know His Perfect Will in Your Life.

While one’s search and understanding about God can be very intimidating, expansive, and demanding, it is only when we turn each truth that we learn/discover about God into meditation and prayer before Him, leadingto our praise and worship of Him, can our discovery really becomes satisfying, fulfilling and ultimately rewarding.

So in today’s Songs and Scriptures, we will explore on this inspirational theme of “Knowing God”.

For our first batch of readers, let us re-acquaint ourselves to the revelation of God about Himself according to what He declared and revealed of His nature and Being.

Bible Reader 1 –No Other Gods

Exodus 20:1-3

Isaiah 45:5-7

Nehemiah 9:5-8

Bible Reader 2 – “None Besides Me”

Deuteronomy 32:39-41

Isaiah 43:10-15

Isaiah 44:6-8

Brethren, let’s all stand and sing the following hymns…

Hymn 3 p.11 – His Name is Great!

Hymn 4 p.15 – O Give Thanks and Praise the Eternal

B. Knowing God Through His Creation. Creation—all that came to existence (or being), are part of God’s revelation about Himself. Nature and life itself, is a clear testimony of God’s presence and existence, His continuing creation, work, creativity, and future plan. God’s creation is a testament of God’s power and sovereignty.  The vastness of the universe, seemingly limitless in its present yet physical form, testifies of God’s invincibility and omnipotence.  Whether it be from the smallest atom or the largest galaxy, the most simple life form to the most complex, the living God has revealed himself to humankind. Yet this revelation of God in creation is not fully sufficient for us to know Him. The truth of creation has been corrupted by sin and unrighteousness.

Moreover, nature can only give us a partial understanding about God. While through His creation we can discover His wisdom and power, nature is limited as a source of truth behind God’s action and intent. Man’s wisdom can only infer certain things about God from nature as he needs explicit revelation or words from/about Him. We are not competent to understand anything more than the natural truths about God, generic as it is. This is the limitation of the physical over the spiritual or the “deep things” about God, ourselves and our fallen/sinful nature. However, this natural revelation is more than sufficient to make humanity responsible for himself and is "without excuse."

Our next set of Bible readers will provide us ample declaration about God’s majesty over His creation:

Bible Reader 3 – Knowing God Through His Creation

Job 12:7-10

Psalms 8:3-4

Psalms 19:1-6

Psalm 148:7-10

Bible Reader 4 – Knowing God Through His Creation

Psalm 148:1-6

Romans 1:18-27
Romans 8:18-25

Thank you readers. Please all rise as we sing

Hymn 5 – p.13–Great God Who Made the Universe

C. Knowing God Through His Word/Scriptures.The written Word or Scripture is God’s special revelation of Himself to His people. His “chosen people” the Israel/Jews received the “oracles” from which His “words and utterances” were passed-on, recorded, and kept in books (Biblos). True to their mandate, the Instructions (Torah/Teachings/Writings) were preserved quite flawlessly. Additionally, the New Testament came out from this tradition. But what made the Written Word more defining and extra ordinary are the testimonies of prophets, kings, writers, ordinary people God moved powerfully in order to write one unified story: God and His wonderful Plan for His people.   In the Bible we have the very words of God “breathed-out” on every page. From Genesis to Revelation, it tells us a definitive story of how God will ultimately restore and save man from its fallen state.  It also reveals the depths to which God was willing to go (thru His Son) to save His people from their sins. As we read the Bible, we are not just receiving instruction on how to live lives that bring glory to God but we are also being shown the very nature and character of God.

To expound more on these, let’s hear from our next reader:

Bible Reader 5 – Knowing God Through His Word/Scriptures

Proverbs 30:5-6

Psalm 89:1-18

Luke 4:4

Luke 8:19-21

Romans 3:1-4

2 Timothy 3:10-17

Thank you reader. Please all rise as we sing responsively…

Hymn 6p.17 – Thou Art Our God Forever

D. Knowing God Through His Righteous Laws/Commandments.Through God’s laws and commandments, we will understand the meaning of just how “holy” our God is. As God is holy, then it mandates everyone to approach Him in such a lofty manner. The laws and commandments also reveals how we can be “holy as God is holy”.  It is to lead us into a life of obedience, holiness and perfection as God is. Holiness shows our being “set-apart” (sanctified/consecrated) and dedicated to Himself. God’s holy, righteous laws point us to right and satisfying living, pleasing in His eyes.

Our keeping of the commandments are not meant to “earn” us salvation points, but rather, shows us how to be faithful and “fruitful” in His words, just as God is true to His promises.

Moreover, God’s law is the “mirror” that defines the righteousness of God, as opposed to unrighteous and sinful life that produces pain, suffering and eventually death (physical/spiritual).

Our next Bible reader will show us these defining verses as to the purposes of God’ s law as our tutor in life.

Bible Reader 6Knowing God Through His Righteous Laws/Commandments

Psalm 111:10

Psalm 119:97-104

Nehemiah 13-17; 34-38

Romans 3:19-20

Romans 7:7-12

James 1:22-25

Thank you Bible Reader. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 7: p.181 Blessed is the Man

E. Knowing God Through His Holy Spirit/Mind/Power. The Holy Spirit is the mind, essence and power of God. Without the Holy Spirit there is no way man can truly know and experience God in a personal way. Without the Holy Spirit, we will never be connected to the One and only source of inspiration, power and strength. One specific role of the Holy Spirit, as “Helper”, is to guide us into all truth—who God is, His mind and will.

Additionally, there are many roles of the Holy Spirit, it is always active and present: it inspires, counsels, guides, sanctifies, convicts, and even regenerates/renews a person—it is God’s way of showing His will, presence and power to man. The Holy Spirit made possible for God to be all-knowing and to be everywhere—to hear and listen to us, help and equip us. The spirit in man, connects us to God’s Spirit making us God’s children at one with Him!

More on the Holy Spirit’s revelation about God and ourselves as we call our next Bible reader…

Bible Reader 7– Knowing God Through His Holy Spirit/Mind/Power

Psalm 139:7-8

John 14:16-26,15:26

Acts 1:8

Romans 8:14-26

1 Corinthians 2:10-11

Hymn 8:  p.211 –The Breath of Life

F. Knowing God Through His Son Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the expressed image and revelation of God in physical/bodily, character and form. The Father willed it that Jesus went through the rigors of the physical existence (to be “born of a woman”, living without sin) thus making possible the ultimate redemption of man from utter helplessness and corruption. This is the defining and ultimate demonstration of who God is: God is love.

The relationship between the Father and the Son demonstrates God’s perfect and eternal way of life which is out of love—an out-flowing, life-giving concern for others. God through Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of love to which we can identify with! The Father has always loved the Son, and the Son has always loved the Father. The harmony between the Father and the Son is a singleness of mind and purpose, which Jesus Christ asked the Father to bring about among His disciples, Himself and the Father. More on these from our next Reader…

Reader 8 Knowing God Through His Son Jesus Christ

John 10:25-30

John 17:4,20-26

1 John 4:7-16

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Thank you Bible Reader. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 9: p.2.33 Love Divine, All Love Excelling

 Conclusion-

G. Knowing God is to Know His Perfect Will in Your Life. Knowing God’s will and living in obedience to that will is the key to it all!And so you must cultivate your relationship with God.  You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him. But this can be easily said than done.Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. Knowing His will is to believe and follow God consistently and intimately. It requires us to understand Him through His Creation, Word/Scriptures, His Law and Spirit, and ultimately, to personally know and receive Christ as both Lord and Saviour of our life!  Just as Jesus was willing to die for us, so we should be willing to live for Him. When we surrender to Him, that is when He really begins to direct our steps leading us to His will. Without the dynamics of the above key factors we will never know God at all! For to really know God is to live His life in you as you submit to His perfect will!

These concluding verses will be read from our final reader…

Reader 9 – Knowing God is to Know His Will in Your Life

Romans 8:26-30

Romans 12:1-2

1 Peter 4:1-6

1 Peter 4:17-19

1 John 2:15-17

Thank you readers. That concludes our Song Service.

Hymn 11: p.186 The Law of God

Hymn 12: p.202 The Creator of Life

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