I have come across Psalm 139 like 3 times in the last couple days… I think it is one of the best psalms since it really hammers home the message that we are God’s and He will find us. He loves us so much to hunt us down. He knows everything… and David prays what we all should pray: if there is anything offensive in me, set me straight, lead me to everlasting.
What makes this psalm more real to me is when I am singing it (verses 7-10). I would raise my right hand to grab His so strongly – He will never let us go, but I still think it is SO important to hold on tight.
I appreciate that verse: even the darkness is light to you. We think about times when we are not sure what the next step is, how this life on earth will go down for us, and we wonder sometimes: “what am I missing here?” Well, God knows the words before we speak them, He is watching us react to the Light He unveils for us, He thinks about us endlessly. He also wants us to realize that “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” This means we will be alright. Remain the Lord.
God’s knowledge of us is from before we are born. He Himself knits us together – no one given to Jesus will fall out of His Hand. We may get scared into Holy Fear if we stray, but Jesus won’t let us go.
God knows… Jesus holds… the Spirit flows…
Psalm 139 For the director of music. Of David.
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’re 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 [bring me home] 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.