Adrian Rogers: How You Can Know God Personally (2187)
Scripture Passage: Psalm 19
Luke 10:21 says, “…You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.”
We are neither too intelligent nor unintelligent to believe in God and know Him personally! Psalm 19 gives us three ways in which God speaks to us, and in return, we can know God personally, intimately, and assuredly.
First, God has confirmed His words in the heavens: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork…” (v. 1). The heavens also declare God’s greatness. The vastness of the universe, along with its small intricacies, demonstrate God’s power.
Adrian Rogers says, “There are no laws of nature; they are God’s laws that nature obeys. Science only discovers what God had already put there.” The heavens declare the goodness of God: “Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge” (v. 2). It is God who daily maintains the fixed order in the universe, and provides everything it needs to give us life. His mercies are new every morning. (See Lamentations 3:23).
God also speaks to us by placing His converting Word in our hands. We have access to Scripture, which is His very word. We ought to marvel at the Bible and celebrate its many virtues. It is inerrant, infallible, foundational, and full of God’s promises.
Adrian Rogers says, “Every sentence, every jot, every tittle, every syllable is put in Scripture by the mind and purpose of God.” The Scriptures are of precious value, for “more to be desired are they than gold” (v. 10). They are protective, for “by them, Your servant is warned” (v. 11). They are profitable, for “in keeping them there is great reward” (v. 11).
Finally, we can know God through His convicting Word in our hearts. By the Holy Spirit in our hearts, the Scriptures we read can become real. Psalm 19:12 says, “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.” The Holy Spirit cleanses our wicked and deceitful hearts. When we hand our control over to the Spirit, He brings us into communion with the Father. This is the only way we can know Him personally, intimately, and assuredly.
Apply it to your life
Do you feel far and distant from God? Remember, by the Word of God in the heavens, in our hands, and in our hearts, we can know God personally.