Psalm 139 Part 1
1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
There is nothing about you He does not know. You may think you are hiding something from God, but you are sadly mistaken. He hears every word you say (Matt 12:36). The next verse tells us He knows our thoughts afar off. He knows the intent of our hearts (Jer 17:10). He even numbers the hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7). That means if you lose a hair, He knows it’s number 17,236! They are numbered for Him, not just counted. He knows the plans He has for you (Jer 29:11).
This psalm delves into the knowledge God has about us and what our response should be. I am sure I will split this into two studies because there is so much here. This psalm is my favorite one because it shows me a very personal God who really gets to know me, and I figure is He really knows me, then he can mold me and shape me even better. I want to be that pliable clay in His hands (Jer 18) so he can mold me into what He wants me to be, not what I want to be.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
He knows when I sit down and when I get back up again. He knows when i go to bed and when I get out of bed. How well do I vet up in the morning? Am I rising in time to give Him time? Am I rising in time to not have to rush at work? Don I sit at work when I am supposed to be up and moving? Do I take too long for break – He knows if I do. Do I get to work on time, or am I late a lot – He knows. When I get home, do I help around the house or do I just plop down and expect things to be done for me – He knows. Examine your downsitting and your uprising – make sure God is pleased with those aspects of your life.
If your thought life is perfect, you are a much better person than I am. I get mad sometimes and want to say words I am not supposed to, or hear a juicy piece of gossip and really want to pass it on. i Might get angry and in my mind really let that person have it, or I might thinks something about the opposite sex that I really should not. The human condition is such that these thoughts happen to us. So what do we do with these if God knows and understands them?
We must always remember that God is merciful. He may understand these thoughts, and He will work with us on that aspect, but He is more concerned with what we do with those thoughts. If we quickly dismiss them, that’s His desire, and He is pleased. If we dwell on them and then put them away, God understands, but He wants us to do better. If we act on them, it could be sin that we must repent of. In any case, he will extend mercy as long as it does not become a pattern. If a pattern is developed that leads to continuous wrong thoughts, you will most likely face trials that will distract you from those thoughts.
To me, the best thing to do is to base our lives and thoughts around Philippians 4:8. This verse tells us 8 things that we should think on. As you study this, it s amazing how much this could mold a thought pattern within us that would please God. That is my desire. I did an extensive study on this verse last year in my blog entitled Traveling with Paul. If you would like me to email this study to you, leave me your email address and I will gladly do so. I’d post it here if I knew how!
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
These can be scary thoughts pr comforting thoughts. It all depends on what kind of life I am living. For me, sometimes they are scary, but most of the time they are comforting. Let me explain.
I am far from perfect. There are times that my path wanders away from His path for a few steps, or for many steps. He knows I am off course, and gently persuades me to get back on the right track. He is acquainted with ALL my ways – everything I do. There is nothing that escapes Him. That is what it means when the psalmist says He compassest my path, that He besets me behind and before.
However, the fact that He is in that position means He is ready to take care of us from any position, It doesn’t matter what comes at us, God s there to stave off the enemy. Behind me, before me, all about me – He is ready for whatever comes. I can take great comfort knowing that He is there for me.
Verse 4 tells me He knows every word on my tongue. Jesus told us that we would give account for every word spoken (Matt 12:36). Does that send shivers down your spine? Does that fact make you comfortable, or does it scare you. It depends on what you speak and how you speak it. It’s not just about the words, but also about their intent because He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Jer 17:10). Take an inventory of your day just today. Did you gossip? Any little white lies? Did you speak behind someone’s back? Did you use foul language? Did you put someone down? Make someone angry? Offend someone?
If you answered yes to any of these, just repent. God loves a repentant heart. he knows we are human, and He ants us to come back to Him when we mess up – and we will mess up. he is not there to pound you into submission. He is there to love you into His family. Do your best to live by such verses as Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 4:8 and Ephesians 4:29. These verses will serve you well as you go through life.