I ran across Psalm 139 the other night and while I knew parts of it I was struck by the entire passage. I thought I’d share it with you and run through some of the things that came to mind as I read it.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
When I read this I remember that God knows EVERYTHING about me and he likes me anyway. Just that thought amazes me, because I would think from God’s perspective there is a lot not to like about how I think and how I act. Yet, because Jesus died for my sins God sees me – and you – as holy and righteous. WOW!
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
No matter what you cannot escape God. He promised us that nobody could ever snatch us from his hand – we are his forever. I take great comfort in knowing that no matter what God is there for me.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
God made me on purpose even though he knew everything I would ever think and do both good and bad. Think about that for a second. God loves you so much that before the beginning of the world he chose to make you knowing everything about you. Amazing!
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
When I read this I am reminded that most of the time I don’t really feel at home in our world. I feel uncomfortable in a world full of hate and violence and smut and all the other crap we’re surrounded with. The reason is my home is not here but in Heaven and my soul aches to get there. But I am here for a purpose – God’s purpose and I will do everything I can to fulfill my ministry for God while I am here in the hopes that someday Jesus will say to me, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
I hope that Psalm 139 strikes you like it struck me and you see how much God loves you, how much a part of your life he is, and how excited he is that you are his!