Sorry folks. I’ve had a busy week.
Today’s 25 words come from Psalm 139, verses 23 and 24. I’m going to insert the whole Psalm as it’s beautiful.
God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
As I said. Beautiful.
I don’t think I’m going to bother with the question, as I think it totally detracts from the psalm.
I love this psalm. It’s one of my favourites. Pro-lifers use quite a lot of it to combat abortion, especially verse 13-16. Aside from that, though, the whole psalm just screams God’s glory and majesty and sovereignty and magnificence. And it shows how much He cares about us.
Verse 7 (“Where can I go from Your Spirit?”) and beyond is such a comfort. No where I go, ever, in my entire life, will my Heavenly Father ever leave me. He is everywhere, in everything, through everything. What’s more, He knew me before I was even conceived (13)! He knew everything I would ever do in my life before my parents even thought of having me (v16). I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and cared for by the Creator of all things! What an amazing blessing!
How amazing that the Creator has sent Himself as His Spirit to live inside my heart and guide me for all the days I live on this place.
How amazing that, even though I reject God and desire to live life my own way, though He knows the best for me, He sent Himself as His Son, Jesus, to fulfil the sacrifice required from my sins, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
How amazing that, when Jesus returns and claims the world as His own and brings the faithful into His presence for eternity, I will be privileged and blessed and loved enough to look on the face of my great God (Revelation 22:3-4)!
How I love forward to that day.
To finish off, an old hymn:
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
See it done beautifully here: