After several verses denouncing the wicked, the psalmist turns to his own heart. Not only can God see inside us, He understands it. We can trick ourselves into thinking that we’re okay, not really bad, but God is never tricked. He sees the truth. There is only One way to fix our wrong ways, One… Read More Psalm 139:23-24
Of all the verses in Psalm 139, these are the hardest. What about loving your enemies? How can this be? The closest answer I can come up with is this. Loving your enemies assumes having enemies. Who are my enemies? Those who hate the LORD, who are His enemies. All humanity is either on the… Read More Psalm 139:21-22
This world is full of wickedness and injustice. Not only is there violence and wrong against us, making our hearts cry out, but many oppose God Himself. How many see right and wrong, and willfully choose what God opposes? How many speak evil against God and His word? How many slander His Son, Jesus Christ,… Read More Psalm 139:19-20
Wow, how much could I say about this, my God who never forgets, never puts me out of His mind despite the times I fail to think of Him. Just thinking of heaps of sand on miles of beaches and deserts is impressive, but there is another visual that sticks with me even more vividly.… Read More Psalm 139:17-18
Not only was all of me, all my parts and self, before the eyes of the Lord and in His hands before I began, but every day I have here on earth. He knows exactly how much time He has given me, and there through it all.
God did not make a mistake in making me. He knew exactly how to carefully form just the type of person He wanted to make this time. He was carefully preparing for the day everyone would see just what He had been up to. That is not the end of the story. I may be… Read More Psalm 139:15
God made me special. Before they are even born, God is caring for and loving little babies. We are all unique, and there is no part of how we are made that is a mistake.
God can see in the dark. This is a comfort in our fear, in our isolation, in our unknowns. It is also a warning when we try to cover up our evil. We can’t. Is this figurative darkness or literal? Both. Just night seems to multiply the theft, the violence, the immorality, the book of… Read More Psalm 139:11-12
God’s constant presence is both a blessing and an admonition: you don’t get away with anything. He knows. Just ask Jonah.
Sheol: basically, the grave; being swallowed up in death