Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Encouragements: Psalm 139

God put this Psalm on my heart yesterday. Not sure why.

Here it is with some reflections. Hope they are a blessing to you.

Psalm 139

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.
                                                           God knows us. Completely. And yet He loves us anyway.

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.
                                                        This puts me in mind of a friend whose little girl loves to wrapped
                                                       up in a prayer shawl and prayed for. It makes her feel safe and    
                                                      loved. Don't we all want to feel like we are being held sometimes?
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain.
                                                      Too great, too awesome for human understanding.
 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.
                                                 God truly is everywhere.
 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.
                                                      We are God's, His design, right from the beginning.
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's thoughts are to be treasured.
 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.

                                                   Keep us, Lord, in your way, despite our imperfections.

Have a blessed day!

This post is part of Wednesday Encouragements: A Christian Blogging Challenge. This challenge involves posting a blog that edifies the Church each Wednesday from Easter to Pentecost.

I am also participating in the Ultimate Blogging Challenge. This is post #16 of the 30 I need to do in April to meet the challenge.

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