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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

August 10

Knowing God – Psalm 119:57–64

How intimately do you know God?

It is impossible to get to know someone if you never listen to what they say, or if you fail to read what they write to you. Other people can tell you how wonderful that person is, but you will not be able to know for yourself. An intimate relationship is not just knowing about someone. You need personal experiences with them, too.

The same thing is true of a relationship with God. Other people can tell you many wonderful things about Him, but you cannot personally know Him without knowing His Word. He inspired His word so that you can learn about Him, and Jesus was the “Living Word” who came to reveal the Father to those who will listen.

This portion of verses stresses the importance of God’s Word, and the Psalmist makes several statements about what he did with God’s Word:

   “I have said that I would keep thy words” (v. 57).
   “Be merciful unto me according to thy word” (v. 58).
   “I . . . turned my feet unto thy testimonies” (v. 59).
   “I . . . delayed not to keep thy commandments” (v. 60).
   “I have not forgotten thy law” (v. 61).
The Psalmist also wrote, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee,, and of them that keep thy precepts” (v. 63). In addition to diligently seeking to understand God’s Word, it is important to spend time with other people who have the same goal. Friends and associates will have a major influence upon your life. Spend time with people who know the Lord and His Word, and you will be encouraged in knowing God.

It is also important to talk to God in prayer. If you are serious about knowing God, an appropriate prayer would be, The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes (v. 64).