Psalm 139 Part One

Psalm 139 is such a precious chapter in the Bible. I wanted to share some thoughts that I enjoyed from it, using the New Living Translation.

Psalm 139:1-2

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. (Psalm 139:1-2)

God knows everything about you! He knows you better than you know yourself. Perhaps at first glance this would cause us to feel ashamed. It should for sure cause us to be humbled.

For now, what I want to concentrate on is the positive side of being known by God. God knows everything about us and yet he still loves us! That is true love.

Also God knows us, when others fail at fully understanding why we feel a certain way, or when others misunderstand us or misread us. God never misreads or misunderstands us. We can always rely on Him. He knows exactly how we feel before we even utter a word, because he knows our thoughts. “Even when I am far away,” God knows my thoughts.

Psalm 139:3

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. (Psalm 139:3)

Again this can be a humbling thing. It is good to keep in mind that God sees us wherever we are and so we can’t hide our sinful actions from God.

However, in a positive light, God watches over me while I travel. What a comfort to know that when I am concerned about a trip I am taking, He is watching me all the time! I can be at peace knowing that nothing can happen unless He allows it.

This can also be a comfort when we are worried about other people traveling.

God notices the work I do for him behind the scenes. He sees me “ when I rest at home” . When I am at home feeling lonely or perhaps unappreciated, because no one sees the work I am doing… God sees my work and the heart behind it. And really He is the only one we should be trying to please.

God is always with us. We are never alone.

Psalm 139:4-6

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (Psalm 139:4-6)

That God knows what I am going to say before I say it, boggles the mind! That He sees the future as clearly as the past is amazing! It is indeed a comfort and a humbling thing to try to grasp. The fact that He blesses us reminds us of His graciousness.

Psalm 139:7-12

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 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. (Psalm 139:7-12)

We can never escape God’s presence, no matter how hard we try. Sometimes we can feel like the place or situation is too dark, too impossible for God to change. However, with God all things are possible, “the night is as bright as day”.

God sees as clearly in the night as we do in the day. We could even say He sees clearer in the night than we do in the day, because He sees through everything! No heart is too dark, no place is too dark, no emotional pain is too dark, no fear is too dark, that the Light of God couldn’t shine into to change or heal or bring peace. What a comfort.

No place, emotional or painful, is too dark for God to penetrate with His healing light. No situation or person is too dark or too impossible for Him to change with His bright light of purity and power.

Think of Saul whose name was changed to Paul, a man who couldn’t have hated Christians more. The Lord shone His literal light on Saul and because of what He said to him Saul became a passionate Christian.

Is there someone in your life that is so hardened against the Lord that it seems impossible for the Lord to change him or her? Perhaps there’s a hurt and painful past that seems like the darkness which never lets up? God’s light is powerful. No situation is too impossible for Him to change. Keep praying for the Lord’s light to shine in the situation or person or darkness.

To be continued…

Rachel VandenBerg
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