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Favourite Psalms: 139

Updated: Sep 4, 2022

Thoughts by Christine Scobie

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

v1-4 God my Heavenly Father sees me, He knows me through and through.

What a sense of wellbeing and contentment!

5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

v5 I am covered and protected by my Heavenly Father.

What security and safety!

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

v6 How wonderful that the Almighty God, the God of all creation is mindful of me and is watching over me. Too amazing!

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

v7-10 My Heavenly Father is always with me, my hand held securely in his.

What an assurance!

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

v11-12 Even in the darkest night I need not fear. God sees me and is with me.

What a comfort!

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

v13-16 God has made me on purpose, for his purpose. May I live all my days for him.

What a privilege!

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, [1] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.

v17-18 How wonderful, that I can know God's ways and thoughts, by His Holy Spirit, through His Word and prayer.

What fellowship!

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

v23-24 Thank God that he loves me enough to teach me, correct me and change me, forgive me. What mercy, what grace! Thank God for Jesus, who loves me and gave himself for me, to make it all possible. Such Love!


1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me

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