Daily Devotion of Psalm 139
J. Vernon McGee 1 points out that this chapter shows three characteristics of God. It reveals His omniscience (God knows all), His omnipresence (God is everywhere, always), and His omnipotence (God is all-powerful).
- There is nothing God does not know about us (Psalm 139:1-7).“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.” Psalm 139:1He knows your: intentions (vs. 1), when you get up and lay down (vs. 2), your thoughts (vs. 2), where you are going (vs. 3), how you do things (vs. 3), what you have said (vs. 4), and what has troubled you (vs. 5).
- There is no place one can go to escape the presence of God (Psalm 139:7-17).
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” Psalm 139:7He is in Heaven (vs. 8), near the grave, or world of the dead (“Hell” — vs. 8), near you when you are in bed clothing (vs. 9 —“wings of the morning”), far away at sea (vs. 9), near you in the dark (vs. 11-12), with you at birth (vs. 13), and where your possessions are (vss. 15-16).
- He is the almighty, all-powerful God (vss. 17-19).
God remembers and thinks of us (vss. 17-18), and He will protect us (vs. 19).
There is nothing God does not know about us and there is nowhere He is not. With this in mind, and realizing what is known about us, surely we should do our best to live the way God desires of us.
“God is everywhere. His circumference is nowhere, but his center is everywhere.” — Spurgeon
Words to Understand:
Beset: bothered, attacked, annoyed
Compassest: changes, scatters
Uprising: getting up from bed, chair …
Wings of the morning: sleeping clothing
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 ¶ Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 ¶ How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
1 McGee, Vernon J., Thru The Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Vol. II, Page 138, Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 1982