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Psalms 131 1 3

Psalms 131:1-3

1My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.


Love of god

LOVE OF GOD

UNIVERSITY CHAPEL

January 25, 2009

Lunar New Year’s Sunday


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Happy New year!

新 年 快 樂!

새해 복 많이 받으십시오!


Today was a tomorrow a person who died yesterday so wanted to live

Today was a tomorrow a person, who died yesterday, so wanted to live.

We ought to live today a life worth-living,

in the love of God,

guided by the Holy Spirit,

and along with Christ Jesus


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DO YOU KNOW GOD?


Nature of god

NATURE OF GOD

  • Can do everything (Almighty)

  • Knows everything

  • Exists everywhere

  • Holy

  • Righteous

  • Loves

  • Changeless

  • Eternal

  • Truth and wisdom

  • God is our Abba, Father


It seems that we know pretty much about god

It seems that we know pretty much about God.

However,

DO WE REALLY KNOW GOD?


Knowing about god vs knowing god

Knowing about God vs. Knowing God

  • Knowing about God:

    Accumulation of Knowledge

  • Knowing God:

    Sharing something with God

    (Experiencing and feeling)


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When the angel Gabriel told Mary "You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus",

Mary asked the angel (Luke 1:34),

(NIV) "How will this be, since I am a virgin?

(KJV) "How shall this be, seeing I know not

a man?"


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We need to know God,

not only know about God.


We have to know god to understand the love of god

We have to know God to understand the love of God.


How do we get to know god

How do we get to know God?

  • Reading the bible

  • Praying

  • Referring to someone who knows better


David

DAVID

  • Was once referred to by God as ‘a man after my own heart’ (Act 13:22) – perhaps the best praise a man could get from God

  • Committed sins – adultery, murder

  • Punished harshly

  • Thorough repent

  • Blessed again


David describes god as shepherd psalms 23 1 6

David describes God as shepherd.(Psalms 23:1-6)

1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.


Jesus said i am the good shepherd

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.”

GOOD SHEPHERD

• calls his own sheep by name (John 10:3)

• when he goes on ahead of them, his sheep follow him because they know his voice (10:4)

• lays down his life for the sheep (10:11)


David also says god is like the mother of a weaned child psalm 131

David also says "God is like the mother of a weaned child." (Psalm 131)

1My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.


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You do not need to try to do something great or wonderful to have your mother's love.


We often say god is changeless

We often say God is changeless.

However,

In the bible, we can find that God changes his plan sometimes.


In the book of jonah

In the book of Jonah,

  • God planned to destroy Nineveh because its wickedness came up to him.

  • But when they turned from their evil ways He did not destroy them.


Jonah was displeased and angry and said to god jonah 4 2

Jonah was displeased and angry, and said to God (Jonah 4:2),

“I knew that you are

  • a gracious

  • and compassionate God,

  • slow to anger

  • and abounding in love,

  • a God who relents from sending calamity.”


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God loves us so much

that he changes his plan.


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Let's have our soul stilled and quieted with our Lord, like a weaned child with its mother. – calm and peaceful

Let's make David's psalm ours.


Do you feel like you don t deserve god s love because you have sinned

Do you feel like you don't deserve God's love because you have sinned?

Satan says to us,

"You are so sinful. How dare you become God's children? How dare you say you are doing God's work?"


Our father in heaven says

Our Father in heaven says,

"I know you are sinners. I sent my Son, Jesus, to call you, sinners. Just come to me as you are. I will change you."


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We don't have to be changed to become God's children. We become God's children first, then God will change us.

God so loves us

that He doesn't wait

until we change.


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