Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena BT43 5DR
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 15 September, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God
full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15)
Morning Service - 11:00 AM - Rev. M. McGeown
Jehovah’s Knowledge of Me
Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-24
Text: Psalm 139:1-6
I. Complete Knowledge
II. Intimate Knowledge
III. Wonderful Knowledge
Psalms: 65:1-5; 44:16-26; 138:1-8; 139:1-6
Evening Service - 6:00 PM - Rev. M. McGeown
God’s Grace Teaching Godly Living
Scripture Reading: Titus 2:1-15
Text: Titus 2:11-12
I. God’s Grace Appearing
II. God’s Grace Saving
III. God’s Grace Teaching
Psalms: 50:1-6; 45:1-6; 67:1-7; 25:4-10
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If you desire a pastoral visit,
please contact Rev. Stewart or the elders
CPRC website: www.cprc.co.uk
CPRC YouTube: www.youtube.com/cprcni
Quotes to Consider
E. J. Young: "Psalm 139 is
a prayer of David in which he exalts the majesty of God. God
is all-knowing and God is everywhere present. God knows
David, and David cannot flee from His presence. To such a
God David would submit himself entirely. Our age needs just
the emphasis that this Psalm gives, for we have lost the
sense of God’s majesty. Hence, there is no fear of God
before our eyes, and irreverence and even superstition
occupy our thoughts. A careful study of this Psalm should
convince us of our wickedness and cause us once again to bow
in adoration before the one eternal God" (The Way
Everlasting: A Study in Psalm 139, p. 5).
Henry Ward Beecher: "Before
men we stand as opaque bee-hives. They can see the thoughts
go in and out of us, but what work they do inside of a man
they cannot tell. Before God we are as glass bee-hives, and
all that our thoughts are doing within us He perfectly sees
and understands" (quoted in Spurgeon’s Treasury of David,
vol. 3, p. 271).
Matthew Henry on Titus 2:12:
"The gospel teaches us not only how to believe and hope
well, but also to live well."
Calvin on Titus 2:12: "The
duty of a good teacher is to exhort to a holy life rather
than to occupy the minds of men with useless questions."
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
We welcome Rev. McGeown,
who will be preaching for us today. Rev. Stewart is
preaching in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
Beacon Lights subscriptions
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Monday Catechism: Bradley, Samuel (Beginners NT) - 5:30PM
Alec, Nathan (Juniors OT) - 6:15PM
Jacob, Joseph (Seniors OT) - 7:00PM
Timothy (Essentials of Reformed Doctrine) - 7:45PM
Tuesday Bible study meets
at 11 AM to study Christ’s 7 sabbath controversies.
Belgic Confession Class
meets this Wednesday at 7:45 PM to continue with article 21b
on the nature of Christ’s atonement.
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "Spiritual Lethargy" (Song 5:1-8).
Philip Hall was re-elected to
serve a 3-year term as deacon. His installation will
take place next Lord’s Day, 22 September.
Offerings: General Fund -
£584.21. Vellore, India - £310. Donations: £30
(India), £20 (pamphlets).
Website Additions: 1 Hiligaynon and 1 Spanish
translations were added.
on Psalm 139:1-6
David here lays down this great
doctrine, that the God with whom we have to do has a perfect
knowledge of us, and that all the motions and actions both
of our inward and of our outward man are naked and open
I. He lays down this doctrine
in the way of an address to God; he says it to him,
acknowledging it to him, and giving him the glory of it.
Divine truths look fully as well when they are prayed over
as when they are preached over, and much better than when
they are disputed over. When we speak of God to him himself
we shall find ourselves concerned to speak with the utmost
degree both of sincerity and reverence, which will be likely
to make the impressions the deeper.
II. He lays it down in a way of
application to himself, not, "Thou hast known all," but,
"Thou hast known me; that is it which I am most concerned to
believe and which it will be most profitable for me to
consider." Then we know these things for our good when we
know them for ourselves (Job 5:27). When we acknowledge,
"Lord, all souls are thine," we must add, "My soul is thine;
thou that hatest all sin hatest my sin; thou that art good
to all, good to Israel, art good to me." So here, "Thou hast
searched me, and known me; known me as thoroughly as we know
that which we have most diligently and exactly searched
into." David was a king, and the hearts of kings are
unsearchable to their subjects (Prov. 25:3), but they are
not so to their Sovereign.
III. He descends to
particulars: "Thou knowest me wherever I am and whatever I
am doing, me and all that belongs to me."
"Thou knowest me and all my
motions, my down-sitting to rest, my up-rising to work,
with what temper of mind I compose myself when I sit
down and stir up myself when I rise up, what my soul
reposes itself in as its stay and support, what it aims
at and reaches towards as its felicity and end. Thou
knowest me when I come home, how I walk before my house,
and when I go abroad, on what errands I go."
"Thou knowest all my
imaginations. Nothing is more close and quick than
thought; it is always unknown to others; it is often
unobserved by ourselves, and yet thou understandest my
thought afar off. Though my thoughts be ever so foreign
and distant from one another, thou understandest the
chain of them, and canst make out their connexion, when
so many of them slip my notice that I myself cannot."
Or, "Thou understandest them afar off, even before I
think them, and long after I have thought them and have
myself forgotten them." Or, "Thou understandest them
from afar; from the height of heaven thou seest into the
depths of the heart" (Ps. 33:14.).
"Thou knowest me and all my
designs and undertakings; thou compassest every
particular path; thou siftest (or winnowest) my path"
(so some), "so as thoroughly to distinguish between the
good and evil of what I do," as by sifting we separate
between the corn and the chaff. All our actions are
ventilated by the judgment of God (Ps. 17:3). God takes
notice of every step we take, every right step and every
by-step. He is acquainted with all our ways, intimately
acquainted with them; he knows what rule we walk by,
what end we walk towards, what company we walk with.
"Thou knowest me in all my
retirements; thou knowest my lying down; when I am
withdrawn from all company, and am reflecting upon what
has passed all day and composing myself to rest, thou
knowest what I have in my heart and with what thought I
go to bed."
"Thou knowest me, and all I
say (Ps. 139:4): There is not a word in my tongue, not a
vain word, nor a good word, but thou knowest it
altogether, knowest what it meant, from what thought it
came, and with what design it was uttered. There is not
a word at my tongue’s end, ready to be spoken, yet
checked and kept in, but thou knowest it." When there is
not a word in my tongue, O Lord! thou knowest all (so
some read it); for thoughts are words to God.
"Thou knowest me in every
part of me: Thou hast beset me behind and before, so
that, go which way I will, I am under thy eye and cannot
possibly escape it. Thou hast laid thy hand upon me, and
I cannot run away from thee." Wherever we are we are
under the eye and hand of God. perhaps it is an allusion
to the physician’s laying his hand upon his patient to
feel how his pulse beats or what temper he is in. God
knows us as we know not only what we see, but what we
feel and have our hands upon. All his saints are in his
IV. He speaks of it with
admiration (Ps. 139:6): It is too wonderful for me; it is
"Thou hast such a knowledge
of me as I have not of myself, nor can have. I cannot
take notice of all my own thoughts, nor make such a
judgment of myself as thou makest of me."
"It is such a
knowledge as I cannot comprehend, much less describe.
That thou knowest all things I am sure, but how I cannot
tell." We cannot by searching find out how God searches
and finds out us; nor do we know how we are known.