I am going to break this chapter apart and insert my notes :) When you read this ,though, I want you to think about every word and what that means to you. Take your time reading this chapter and put yourself in it, like if you were the one telling this to God. !
God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man1 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. 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. I really love this, God knows you. Sometimes we don't know ourselves, but God KNOWS you. He knows the depth of your heart and what you long for. AND he even understands your thoughts! In the New Living Translation 'afar off' is similar to when you are far away. You may not even feel like you were as close to God as you once were but He still understands your thoughts! I like to think of it as God is always listening to us!
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. Sometimes I wonder if we would change the way we talk if we knew Jesus was visibly there with us in person? Would your vocabulary change? Would your conversation go another direction? Would you still Gossip about that girl or talk bad about your parents? It's a crazy thought! Even though Jesus might not be visible to us, He is still there.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me. What a great Dad, a protector. I love this because I know that wherever I go God is watching over me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
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. This is powerful stuff!!! Have you ever made your bed in Hell? I know I have, I like to call them pity parties. OR if not pity parties, moments or days of despair. I think it is interesting to note that it isn't anyone else who makes the bed but yourself. And no matter where you choose to make your bed God is still there!!!!! I love it.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Fun thought: what would it look like to take the wings of the morning? I imagine it would be beautiful and breathtaking! To see the sun rise and be in the clouds taking in all the beautiful colors that light up the earth!! To dwell in the deepest part of the sea, now that would be scary!!! I would much rather be in the sky lol.
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. The author is showing that no matter where we are we are never to far from God.
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. I love how the darkness and light are the same to God! isn't that mind boggling! I love it. There is nothing Greater than God!
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. I love knowing God formed us, created us exactly how He wanted us. Nothing was hidden from Him. I also love the fact that we were made in secret. Far away from destruction and negativity. It was just you and God. I love holding newborn babies because I look into their eyes and think, you have spent 9 months starring at the face of God and now I can hold you and look into the eyes that have gazed upon God.
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! These two verses get me everytime, God saw everything about you. He even wrote a book about you! He saw it ALL and yet He is captivated by you. His thoughts are precious toward you. He doesn't look at all the mess ups we make. Whenever we ask for forgiveness Jesus' blood covers our sins and washes us clean!! CLEAN---God doesn't remember them!!! It's difficult to comprehend because we are the ones who still remember our sins but Jesus took our sin and SHAME on the cross, so we could live in righteousness (being right before God).
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
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. I don't think this could have been a psalm without talking about the enemy lol. I think these passages show the authors passion toward God. You know the feeling whenever you hear someone defy (deny, criticize) the name of God. Something rises up within you.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties; ...and to close us out, the prayer of opening up our lives to God to teach, guide and cleanse us.
So now you see why Psalm 139 is my absolute favorite chapter in the bible. It shows the definition of How much God loves you and this was written even before Jesus came to die on the cross for you!!! God loved you from the beginning!
As a christian we will never understand who we truly are until we understand that we are deeply loved by God, not because we love Him but because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)