yāḏa‘ [and] hālal
The old Scottish (Genevan) Psalter of 1551 affectionately and respectfully refers to Psalms 100 as “Old Hundredth.” The first stanza declares:
All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
Here “is one of the every-day expressions of the Christian church,” writes Charles Spurgeon in The Treasury of David, “and [it] will be so while men exist whose hearts are loyal to the Great King. Nothing can be more sublime this side of heaven than the singing of this noble psalm by a vast congregation.” Today we consider a fourth way to praise God according to “Old Hundredth.”
The words “Know . . . that the LORD he is God” (Psa_100:3), show us that we praise God by increasing our knowledge of Him. Know is yāḏa‘ (H3045), which appears more than 900 times and has a wide range of meanings concerning knowledge acquired by the senses, “to know relationally and experientially.” It is similar to the Greek ginōskō (G1097), “to know by experience,” and often is practically synonymous with love and intimacy (Mat_1:25), as well as the personal relationship the believer has with Christ (Php_3:10; 1Jn_2:3; 1Jn_2:5; cf. Mat_7:23).
Yāḏa‘, then, first appears in Gen_3:5, where Satan tells Eve that eating of the forbidden tree would enable her to know good and evil. Gen_3:7 goes on to say that Adam and Eve knew they were naked. It also speaks of sexual intimacy (Gen_4:1) and even its perversion, such as homosexuality (Gen_19:5). Spiritually, not only does yāḏa‘ speak of God knowing us (Gen_18:19; Deu_34:10), but also of our knowing Him. While the lost do not know God (Jer_10:25; Job_18:21; Joh_17:25), the believer does, and that knowledge is to increase and grow. The psalmist desired to understand and know God’s Word (Psa_119:125). Solomon wanted “to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding” (Pro_1:2) and then added, “Teach [yāḏa‘] a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Pro_9:9). Peter likewise declares, “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2Pe_3:18).
Scriptures for Study: In what does true knowledge result (Psa_9:10)? What does Psa_44:21 declare about God?
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yāḏa‘ [and] hālal
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. I am the way which thou shouldst pursue; the truth which thou shouldst believe; the life which thou shouldst hope for: (Thomas a Kempis, “Imitation of Christ,” iii., 56)Technorati Tags: truth, life, way know, live, pursue, believe, hope
LIFE IS UNCERTAIN
Pro 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
Oh! the plans we make. When you were in High School, did you ever look into the future and see what your life was going to be? The job you would have, the girl you would marry and the 2.1 children you would have?
Man makes plans. We buy life and health insurance because we are making plans to provide for our family if something should happen to us. There is not a way to predict the time of death. Sometimes we approach life as if we will never die.
The Word of God says “It is appointed unto men once to die.” Now this covers several items that we need to be concerned about. For the lost, what is my relation to God. What would happen to me if I died right now. We certainly don’t have any agreement to how long we will live. What about today. What could happen today to take my life from me. Death is an equal opportunity killer. It can take old and young alike; rich or poor are not safe; tall, short, skinny or fat, Death can claim this minute.
Now let me ask again; what is your relationship to the creator of the universe that gives each man the breathe of life as it pleases Him.
Maybe we should be more concerned about eternal insurance rather than life insurance.