For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Last week when I asked people to tell us their favorite Psalms(which, I admit, is hard to choose) CDS posted vvs. 23 and 24 from this Psalm so I thought this week I would post Psalm 139. The commentary I will be posting is bits and pieces from one of Warren Wiersbe’s study guides on the Book of Psalms called ‘Be Exultant’ .
What we think about God and our relationship to Him determines what we think about everything else that makes up our busy world–other people, the universe, God’s Word, God’s will, sin, faith, and obedience……David contemplated God and wrote for us a psalm whose message can only encourage us to be in a right relationship with Him.
God Knows Us Intimately–We Cannot Deceive Him (vv. 1-6)
Our friends see the outside, but God sees the heart, and we cannot deceive Him……He knows our actions, our locations, our thoughts and words, our ways, and our motives….But even more, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us that way…….God’s knowledge and guidance are for our protection…..We should be overwhelmed by the height and depth of God’s knowledge and be thankful that He knows us perfectly.
God Is With Us Constantly—We Cannot Escape Him (vv. 7-12)
God wants to walk with us and guide us, because His plan for us is the very best…..We need God’s presence with us if we want to enjoy His love and fulfill His purposes.
God Made Us Wonderfully—We Cannot Ignore Him (vv. 13-18)
David declared that God is present at conception and birth, because we are made in the image of God and God has a special purpose for each person who is born…..God formed us as He wants us to be, and we must accept His will no matter how we feel about our genetic structure, our looks, or our abilities.
But the Lord did more than design and form our bodies; He also planned and determined our days……How can we ignore God when He has given us such a marvelous body and planned for us a wonderful life?….Our responsibility is to yield ourselves to Him daily, ponder His thoughts found in His Word, and walk in the Spirit. God thinks of us! Should we not think about Him?
God Judges Righteously—We Cannot Dispute Him (vv. 19-24)
If we cannot deceive God, escape God, or ignore God, is it not sensible to obey God?…..God also grieves over sinners—the Father does(Gen. 6:6), the Son does (Mark 3:5; Luke 19:41), and so does the Spirit (Eph 4:30)…..Whenever we pray, “Thy kingdom come,” we are asking the Lord to judge the wicked, and we leave the matter in His hands. But David closed with a prayer for God to search his heart, know his anxieties and concerns, forgive him, and lead him. We must be cautious as we examine ourselves because we do not even know our own hearts (Jer. 17:9). It is best to open the Word and let the Spirit search us and speak to us, for then we discover the truth. We must never dispute with God, for He loves us and wants only the very best for us.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.