Psalm 139 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name.
21 O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
via Ps 139 NLT – Psalm 139 – For the choir director A – Bible Gateway.
How comfortable are you with verse 1? He knows EVERYTHING about you?
Verily verily (don’t you like that? Reminds me of JESUS. There are 25 verses in the KJV wherein He said it.) knowing He knows ALL about me means more to me than my frail vocabulary can tell. This Truth gives me comfort, peace, a reality of security that is unequaled. I met a young woman once who said she did not like it that He knew it all and saw it all concerning her. I thought that was sad. What do you think?
And how about verse 10? Wherever I am, wherever you are, if we are His, He will guide us AND His strength will support us. That just flat-out feels good, doesn’t it?
Verse 16 — how sad do you think He is when He records the brevity of lifespan for every aborted baby?
Oh, oh and verses 17 and 18 — He thinks about you and me so much that His thoughts of us cannot be numbered! They outnumber the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches and under all the world’s seas. You know if we would just allow the Holy Spirit to give life to this Scripture within us it would cure our insecurities and inferiority complexes. Don’t you think?
I’ll finish with verse 24 – Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. YES! Bring on the Search Light, ABBA. Look in every corner, crevice, every minute place and cause me to see and be offended at every thing You find that offends You. Amen and amen.
And it occurs to me as I am about to put this to post that His Word is the Search Light and if I am really serious about wanting Him to point out my offenses, I will open myself and apply myself to searching His Word, reading it, meditating upon it, praying it back to Him, for myself and for you.
So! Which of these verses speak to you today?
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