We know that we know

The Verse of the Day for March 11, 2017 comes from Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV):

 “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

The verb to know in this instance is translated from the Hebrew word yada , which according to Strong’s Concordance means: to  know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know.

The same verb is used in Deuteronomy 4:35 in Amplified Bible:

35 To you it was shown, that you might realize and have personal knowledge that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him.

This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger (1895) translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby (p. 434).

Once an individual knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed.

God desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with him, we also experience his love. The popular love song of the 1950s recorded by the Teddy Bears expresses a profound truth connected to God: “To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him.’

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

And this is how we know [daily, by experience] that we have come to know Him [to understand Him and be more deeply acquainted with Him]: if we habitually keep [focused on His precepts and obey] His commandments (teachings).

As we continue to draw even closer to God, we also come to know Him at even deeper levels of intimacy, where we sing this love song for Him:

We know that we know that we know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

We know that we know that we know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

No matter how many times we go astray

And leave your side and choose to disobey.

When we’re overwhelmed and can’t even pray,

No matter what we do or do not say.

We know that I know that I know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

We know that we know that we know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

No one else knows our heart: You are the one

To call us home when we have no place to run.

When we look all around at all that we’ve done,

Despite all our failures, You still love us,

As you loved your beloved Son.

We know that we know that we know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

We know that we know that we know that we know.

We know that we know You still love us.

And so we conclude with this musical reminder:

We Know We Know (I’m Gonna Praise God)

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One Response to “We know that we know”

  1. Brenda Johnson Says:

    Thank you…relationship with our heavenly Father means everything!

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