Psalm 139 Our All Loving God
A most blessed Psalm,full of assurance and giving us a glimpse of our God through three of His attributes as they are personally directed towards us.
In the first 6 verses we see the Omniscience (All Knowing) of God. He knows us inside out.He knows our thoughts before we think them.He knows our moves before we make them.He knows our words before we say them.He knows our dangers before we encounter them.
" O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it."(Psalm 139:1-6)
In the next 6 verses we see the Omnipresence (All Presence) of God.There is absolutely nowhere we can Go,Flee,Ascend,Fly,Dwell to leave His presence.Not in Light or Darkness can we leave His watchful eye.
"7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You."(Psalm 139:7-12)
In the next 6 verses we see the Omnipotence (All Powerful) of God.Formed in the womb.Fearfully and wonderfully made.Skillfully wrought. My day's fashioned for me before there were any.
"13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You."(Psalm 139:13-18)
Then the next 6 verses in typology as we see the warfare David was having we can see our warfare, from within, this flesh,this body of death that wants to rule. From without, this world system that is so alluring and so deceitful and the spiritual warfare we contend with,an enemy and his helpers that mean to destroy us if possible.
But with an All Knowing,All Present,All Powerful God,we should have no fear as we battle on all 3 fronts.
"19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting."(Psalm 139:19-24)
Such a powerful,beautiful,enriching psalm and full of blessings.A psalm you can just wrap yourself up in as you read it.We have such a great God full of mercy and love and He wants us to experience it all in this life as we live in anticipation of His coming for us and for ever being with Him.