Give me a word, Lord: COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BE

Psalm 139:1-10 You have searched me, LORD, 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, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 

Psalm 139:13-18 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; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  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. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 

Do you ever just sit back and think about how glorious our God is. Oh, I wish that I could journal like King David. I mean, really, just flip through the Psalms. There is a Psalm for every possible mood or emotion under the sun. I love that David poured his heart out in pen and song, and I love the way he talked to God. He had a continual conversation with his Father, and he talked to Him about everything.

Psalm 139 was just what I needed to read this morning.It is a beautiful reminder of the magnificence of our Creator. In this Psalm, David acknowledges the omniscience of God. He acknowledges that God has searched his heart and knows him. God knows his thoughts, and he discerns his goings and comings, and is familiar with his ways. He even acknowledges that God knows the words he is going to speak before he even speaks. I know these things to be truth, but when I really consider the idea that God knows me so completely I’m in awe. How awesome is it that the Creator of the heavens and earth knows me in such an intimate way? I’m just one of approximately 7.6 billion people in this world, and my God knows my thoughts, my ways, my comings and my goings, and even the words I’m speaking before I speak them. Whoa!

David also acknowledges that God created him and knit him together in his mother’s womb. God knows each of us from the point of conception. He knits us together from the cellular level and makes us fearfully and wonderfully in His image. He sees our unformed bodies and ordains all of our days before we are even born. How is that even possible? The only answer I have is because He is God. His is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is all knowing, all seeing, and all powerful. He is God. Isn’t it marvelous that the same all knowing, all seeing, all powerful God that created the heavens and the earth, the 7.6 billion people living here right now, and all those living here in the past, saw it fit to so intricately create you and me too? With all the billions of people in the world, God thought about me, and He decided that the world needed a K.K. Hodge. And not only did He create me, He knows and loves me intimately. Wow! It is truly beyond the comprehension of my mind!

David says it best when he says, “how precious are your thoughts, God! How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand–when I awake, I am still with you.” It is astonishing and very much overwhelming to try to consider how precious the thoughts of our God is, yet it is so comforting to know that the almighty God of the universe, the one true God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, has little old me in His thoughts 24/7. He is watching over me. He knows me better than I even know myself. He knows my thoughts, my words, and he knows my future. Oh, there is so much comfort in those thoughts. No matter how bad things are going, no matter how tough the day seems, no matter how crazy our world is becoming, God is still God, and He knows us, loves us, and cares for us so deeply. We are never alone. Oh, thank you God! I think I’ll recline in the comfort of the words of Psalm 139 today knowing that God has me in the palm of His hand. I’m His and He is mine! What a comfortable place to rest!

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