We have been speaking about Authority. Psalm 139 speaks of God’s authority in a personal way to its readers—His omniscience and omnipresence. Our Creator, the all-powerful, all-knowing God of the universe, knows us intimately, better than we know ourselves because He created our inmost being, He knit us together in our mother’s womb.
David’s Revelation About God
David had a revelation of the joy God had in His heart for him. Our purpose should be to bring our Father joy; and as we live, move and have our being in His authority, He fills us with His joy.
As you read through this psalm may you be assured of His presence, power and authority in your life. Share it with others. Read it to your children. It will reassure them and bring great comfort in the knowledge that God is always with them. How soothing are the words, If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there… even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Challenging Times are Times for Prayer
Many have faced challenges in their lives that caused them to be angry with God; to stop reading the Bible or spending time with him in prayer. It is a tactic the enemy uses to keep us unfruitful in our walk with Jesus. The Psalms can be our go-to in these times because David too often felt alone and discouraged, yet his response was to cry out night and day and to focus his heart and mind on the living God. The Psalms help us re-center our thoughts on all that the Father is and can help turn despair into an act of worship acknowledging God’s sovereignty in spite of our present circumstances. It begins,
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.
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.
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.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
May that be the prayer of our hearts today.