Day 22: Psalm 139
Welcome to day 22 of this devotional series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far. Today we are looking at Psalm 139, one of the most famous Psalms. Why not take a moment, pause and read this Psalm.
If I were to give Psalm 139 a title, it would be “Praise be to God who knows all, and is everywhere”.
From the first few verses of this Psalm we read that God has searched us and knows us! He knows more about us than we know about ourselves!
He knows when we sit and when we rise, he perceives our thoughts, and knows the words we are about to speak before they even leave our mouth! And amazingly verse 17 tells us that God’s thoughts about us outnumber the grains of sand on the sea shore. I can’t even begin to comprehend that! If any scripture in the Bible speaks of God’s all omniscience (all knowingness) and his omnipotence (all powerfulness), it would be this Psalm.
So often as Christians we can try and perform, and show our best to God – I certainly have been guilty of this from time to time. I think that’s fairly instinctive behaviour as humans. However God sees us warts and all. He looks past the fronts that we put up and he sees us for who we really are. If that’s a scary thought, remember this, God loves us irrespective of our failings.
Here’s some assurances we can take from Psalm 139:
1. We can rest assured that we are known by God, He cares for us, and he spends time thinking about us. There are no strangers in God’s kingdom!
2. We can be our true selves before God. There is no need for fronts, because God sees the real you, and God can only change the real you!
Here’s two challenges we can take from this Psalm:
1. Take off the masks! God sees the real you. It’s hard to prize the mask off, it can sometimes be our defence, but it really is the key to our growth.
2. Allow God to illuminate the areas in our lives where we are struggling. As God sees everything, he knows our shortcomings. They don’t exclude us from his plans, but he wants to take us on a journey to be more like him.
As we conclude today, let verses 22 and 23 be our prayer:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps Dan Hoyle
Campus Pastor, Bishop Auckland