Psalm 139 is all about the beauty of God. David, the psalmist, captures the most magnifying attributes of God. I don’t know about you but I don’t slow down enough to recognize how big and mighty our God is. David and the Psalms are such humbling reminders.
Verses 1-6 say: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
God knows all. He is an omniscient God. He knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7) He is greater than our hearts and knows everything (1 John 3:20) Nothing is hidden from Him and we must give account before Him. (Hebrews 4:13)
We all know love. We have all had a relationship with someone we love. Do we understand that the deepest knowledge of love that we have experienced couldn’t come close to understanding the love that God has for us?
I forget the depths of his love more than I’d like to admit. I have hurt to my core because of love. I have smiled into tears because of love. My children have struggled to explain how much they love me because it is inexpressible to them the depth of the love they have – and same back.
Our God – the one that created you and me and our loved ones – loves us so much more than this.
Verses 7-12 go into God being omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at all times. It says: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me. 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.”
He wants us to trust His Word by His power. We can never grasp the concept that God is everywhere all at one time. Especially when there is so much pain and suffering in today’s world, but He wants us to recognize that He is a sovereign God, who is the Alpha and the Omega… who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Rev 1:8;21:6;22:13)
This isn’t about a genie in a bottle to grant our wishes. This is a God worthy of our worship – in all circumstances. A God that I know I want to spend eternity with and that I will stand in front of come judgment day.
Next, we see in verses 13-18, that God is omnipotent. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You. When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 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. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.”
The words omni= total and potent= power. Our God is limitless in His power and Creator of every living thing on this earth. Job claims this in Ch. 37:23. David claims this in Psalms 33:6, and many more times throughout his worship. Philippians 1:6 says that we are to be confident that He began a good work in us and that He will carry it on to completion until Christ’s return.
Not only should we see this as a means to exalt and worship Him for His beautiful creation and mighty power, but we should recognize and not be ashamed of the Gospel – for He will carry out His will. He will be back one day to take us home or send us to hell. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
This world isn’t an easy one to live in. It isn’t always easy to be a Christian and to make the right choices. We fail God daily, every one of us. We are undeserving of His mercy and promises yet our Mighty and Powerful God loves the sinner and saint alike and sent His son to die for all . He comforts us and strengthens us in our weakness. We have to humbly beg of Him like the Psalmist here wrapping up Psalm 139. Boldly proclaim His omniscience and do what He asks of us so that we can be led in the way of everlasting.
“Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty me. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”