Such thoughts should restrain us from sin. See Also: Psalms, God. There is a better way. Psalm 139:4 "For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether." 139 1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. Of David. PSALM 139 Ps 139:1-24. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. In the most distant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot go out of thy reach. Psalm 139 139. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  To long for God is to come under His leadership. Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it. NIV®. However, “Rarely do hymns remind us of the kind of pervasive presence of God in our lives that might prompt a sense of holy fear.We are content with having God near us, but preferably not too near” (927). A psalm. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. Proud member The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. Psalms 139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and … While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer. This attribute is also referred to as omniscience. All Rights Reserved. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea. Psalm 139 (This is) for the music leader. Psalms 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Psalm 139 1 Psalm 139 For the director of music. Psalms 139 For the choir director: A psalm of David. And laid Your hand upon me. A Psalm of David. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Psalms 139. If you are longing for intimacy, security, and purpose, your search begins and ends with God. All rights reserved worldwide. Of David. 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;. The grave cannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who will raise it a glorious body. The Psalms force us to be real with God (Psalm 55:1-15) In his book, The God I Don't Understand, Christopher Wright bemoans the lack of lament in our churches saying, "There is an implicit pressure to stifle our real feelings because we are urged, by pious merchants of emotional denial, that we ought to have 'faith' (as if the moaning psalmists didn't). 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. Of David. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Reading: Psalm 139 For the director of music. Tucker and Grant note how many hymns tend to highlight the fascination and comfort gained from God’s presence. In the Psalm he recalls the attributes of the God to whom he prays. A “leader” = natsach. This God who is omniscient (vs. 1-6), omnipresent (vs.7-12), omnipotent (vs. 13-18) and omni-compotent (vs. 19-24) has fearfully and wonderfully made us (v. 14), fashioning all our days before we were even formed in our mother’s womb (v.16). God knows all things. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. To these very important questions Psalm 139 responds with a resounding YES! He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward, what company we walk with. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 . http://www.e-water.netLet you inspire by one of the most beautiful bible texts: Psalm 139. The Psalm is a prayer and brings us right away to a contemplation of God's omniscience, particularly as this has to do with the Psalmist himself. This extends to everything a person does, thinks, and says, even before those actions occur. Sometimes we believe that God just tolerates us because of all the “yuck” in our hearts. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. Posted By: RevElana 0 Comment communion, creation, family, mystery, praise, providence, wisdom. 139:6 "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me" The Septuagint puts Ps. "This is an idiom for the darkness of the womb and does not carry any mythological implications." There is not a vain word, not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, and with what design it was uttered. A psalm. Whither can I go? A psalm. Of David. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. 1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Key Points: God knows the real you. (Ps 7:9; Ps 17:3; Ps 44:21; Jer 12:3) 2 You know when I sit down and ... (Ps 23:3; Ps 139:24) 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. The prayer of the writer of Psalm 139, King David, showed that he obviously wanted to be in the centre of the will of God. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Admonition to the wicked and comfort to the pious are alike implied inferences from these doctrines. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. … Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The phrase “when I was made in secret” means before my existence was known by my mother, before any person knew I was being formed…except God. The excellence of his purposes, Psalm 139:17, Psalm 139:18. v1 *LORD, when you look at me you know all about me. This knowledge is comforting to faithful followers and terrifying to the disobedient. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. A psalm. Psalm 139:5b is a statement of YHWH's sovereignty and control of His human creature (cf. Where can I flee from your presence? Ps. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. David says that the Lord knows all man’s thoughts and doings—He asks, Where can man go to escape from the spirit and presence of the Lord?—Man is fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:1-2; God is closer to you than you realize. In this video, Tommy and Eddie take a look at David’s honest prayer to God about the transformation of our hearts and lives. We cannot see God, but he can see us. Where can I go from your Spirit? You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. It is more profitable to meditate on Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and with hearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputing frame of mind. Hosea 6:6 To know God is not just an intellectual knowledge about Him, but a personal relationship with Him. Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Ordinary B8. Properly, something that glitters from a distance. Psalm 139 is the 139th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me." Psalms 139:1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since he who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according to his justice. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. For the director of music. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. 139:10). (. 1 O Lord, thou hast a searched me, and b known me. Memory Verse: Psalm 139:1 Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. (1-6) He is every where present. you, Lord, know it completely. 3 You watch when I walk or lie down, you know every detail of my conduct. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Scripture quoted by permission. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139.15). Psalm 139 begins by expressing the infinite knowledge of God. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 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.a. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! If I take the wings of the morning. Psalm 139 reflects on the human condition, and specifically God’s interaction with the individual human experience. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:7-8; God wants to be in your life. He describes God as:- if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. Psalm 139 is one of the grandest of all the Psalms, for it brings us face to face with the majesty and power of God. (17-24). Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. C. Notes on superscript. (Verses 1-6) You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 139:14, … (7-16) The psalmist's hatred to sin, and desire to be led aright. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. It is the good old way. God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. A fine account of the omniscience of God, Psalm 139:1-6; of his omnipresence, Psalm 139:7-12; of his power and providence Psalm 139:13-16. [11] Kidner agreed with this, writing that, "`Depths of the earth' is a metaphor for the deepest concealment, in the hiddenness of the womb. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that he is every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all, yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. (Read Psalm 139:1-6) God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. As the psalmist was given pause by the thought of God’s perv… As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. "The lowest parts of the earth" (Psalms 139:15), "depths of the earth" in the RSV. Chapter 139 Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God’s omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Watch the video Psalm 139. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. You understand my thought from afar. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:24 (NIV84) —24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. This psalm links us with God as do few other texts in the Bible. Psalm 139 is one of the most popular psalms in the whole Bible, and it talks about how God pursues us even before we look for Him. 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