“Oh LORD, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” Psalm 139:1-6 NIV
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14a NIV
David is aware and amazed at how intimately the Lord knows him. There is nowhere David can go from His presence and His love. David knows that he is the product of God’s creation, intricately and wonderfully made.
This is a very well-known Psalm, especially for those that believe that life begins at conception. I was secretly happy when I saw the group of Psalms I was assigned to post on, because Psalm 139 is one of my favorites.
Psalm 139 is of particular comfort to me as I consider how well I am known and loved by the Creator of it all. He knows all about me because I was knit together in my mother’s womb by Him. He watches me when I go out and when I am at home. He knows my thoughts, and knows what words I will speak before they are even on my tongue. He is front of me and behind me and His hand is upon me. Wow! “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (vs. 6)
How do I apply this to my life? Am I living my life in honor of such a loving and protecting, all-knowing, all-seeing Creator God? Do I treat my children as the wonderful products of God’s creative and totally unique design?
Am I willing to honestly pray the last 2 verses of this Psalm? “Search me, O 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.” (Psalm 139:23,24 NIV)
Do I have complete trust in Him, enough to allow Him to search me, test me and show me my offensive ways?
Lord, You are such an awesome God! I am overwhelmed by Your love and Your watch-care over me. What do I need to fear with the Creator of the Universe knowing me so intimately? Please help me to honor You with my life, because it is so apparent that You place honor upon me, sinful as I am. Thank you God for the blessing of each of our uniquely created children. Please give my husband and I wisdom as we raise them up to be Your disciples, each with their own special gifts and abilities. Father, “Lead me in the way everlasting.”
From the archives. Originally published July 18, 2009.