We are all guilty from time to time of not putting God first in our lives. We get caught up in everyday life. Decisions and choices are made hour by hour. Our days become exhausting and time-consuming. By the time the end of the day arrives, God is almost the furthest from our mind or we are too tired to acknowledge His greatness in our life. Our lack of commitment to God does not stop God from being God. God Almighty is always faithful to us. Psalm 139 will show us three attributes of GOD that are undeniable. For God is incredible and His name is above all names.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, Therefore, God raised him to the highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
GOD is All-Powerful! GOD is All-Knowing! GOD is All-Present!
Psalm 139:1 – 5
1 O Lord, you have knowledge of me, searching out all my secrets.
2 You have knowledge when I am seated and when I get up, you see my thoughts from far away.
3 You keep watch over my steps and my sleep and have knowledge of all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue which is not clear to you, O Lord.
5 I am shut in by you on every side, and you have put your hand on me.
Psalm 139 speaks of a GOD who is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent! a GOD who is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present!
The first five verses of this psalm bring me great comfort. It is what my grandfather would call “blessed assurance”. It assure me of how important I am to God. It also assure me that I am never alone. Not only am I never alone, but the scripture reminds me that God Almighty is the Author and Finisher. It assure me just how well God knows me. He knows where you are at this present moment. He knows your thoughts and He knows your words before you even speak them. He has knowledge of all our ways. Good or bad, GOD knows. No secret is hidden from Him. Like King David, God knows your heart. I hear many people talk about angels and how each of us have an angel assigned to us. I don’t know too much about angels , but I do know that the word of God tells me that my Father in heaven neither sleep or slumber. Psalm 139 reminds me of that promise every time I read it. King David is the author of this psalm. I believe he came to know for himself that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present. King David says in verse 6, “such knowledge is a wonder greater than my powers; it is so high that I may not come near it”. If you know anything about King David, you know he was not a perfect man, but God knew something about him that no human could know. King David was a man after His own heart.
Acts 13:22 says, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him; I have found David son of Jesse a man after my heart; he will do everything I want him to do”.
God knows our heart. What does God see in your heart? Does it concern you what God know about your heart? Is there lies or deceit to uncover? Is there hidden fear to overcome? Will He uncover pride or prejudice? Or do you say, I’m a good Christian. I go to church regularly. I have a good heart. The seven churches in Asia Manor may have felt the same way. In the book of Revelations, God had a message for seven churches in Asia Manor. This is what God Almighty knew about each church. Ephesus was the loveless church, Smyrna was the suffering church, Pergamos was the compromising church, Thyatira was the adulterous church, Sardis was the dead church, Philiadelphia was the faithful church and Ladicea was the lukewarm church. Nothing is hidden from God who is All-Powerful, All-Knowing and All-Present!
When it comes to us, will God see someone after His own heart? Only God knows. God knew everything about King David. He knew the good and the bad. If there was a motive behind anything King David did or said, it was never hidden from God. In verse 7, King David is asking a question. “Where may I go from your spirit? How may I go in flight from you? King David also came to learn that he cannot flee from God. Did King David think that only when he did good God was present. Do you remember when God sent the prophet Nathan to rebuke David. Let us go to the scripture and see what transpired.
2 Samuel 12, New International Version(NIV) says:
1 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “there were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.
2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle.
3 But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had brought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep o cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, as surely as the Lord lives, the man who did tis must die!
6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man”!
King David’s actions were never hidden from God. There are many running from God. Your running does not keep you and I hidden from Him. Even though Psalm 139 brings me comfort, I am not naïve to believe that Psalm 139 will bring comfort to you as it does to me. There are people who would say that it does not bring them comfort. There are those who simply do not believe in God or do they want to think about it. There are others who believe in God, and are ashamed at what God knows or sees about them. That is exactly why this Psalm brings me such comfort. I don’t have to pretend with God. He knows what others don’t know about you and me. He knows me better than I know myself. He knows the same about you. Does this knowledge of God make you feel uncomfortable or does it comfort you? It comforts me because I know I am not alone. You see, all of us are like dirty rags before a loving God. Look at what the word of God says about our condition before God.
Isaiah 64:6 says, But we are all as unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, has taken us away.
Psalm 139 clearly tells me about a God who loves me! A God who clearly knows my every move and my every thought. A God who tells me that no matter what my condition is, I can never flee from Him. A God who tells me that no matter where I go, I can never leave Him behind. A God who knew me before I was conceived in my mother’s womb. A God who speak to me in this psalm and tell me He is not going anywhere. I could flee to wherever I desire, but He is there. For you see, He has a purpose and a plan for my life and your life. What He has already spoken over our lives will not return to Him void. God’s word will accomplish what He desired and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it”.
God has a plan for our lives. In spite of our faithlessness, in spite of our unbelief, in spite of our own sins we have a God that is present in our life. He will make the crooked places in our lives straight again if we let Him.
Isaiah 45:2 says, “I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron”.
He is present and He will take us has we are. We can never flee from His presence. Dirty we are, but God says “COME”.
Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together, Saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though the be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”.
Make a comittment to stop running from God. No darkness in your life can hide you from Him.
Psalm 139:11 says, “If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me”.
Psalm 139:12 says, “Yea, the darkness hide the not from thee; but the night shine through as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee”.
Psalm 139 did not make me fearful, it fills my heart with hope! I am a work in progress! So are you. Don’t count yourself
One last thing, I would like for you to think about. How secured are you in the Lord God? Have you placed your security in your own accomplishments. Have you placed your security in your bank account, in your job or in the people you know?
God Almighty has all power. Earlier today as I was walking back to the house, my eyes fell on the security sign near our front door. Theses days we all feel safer having home security. The sign acknowledged that our home is secured. But God reminded me that no sign can keep evil from entering into our home. Every night you and I go to bed not knowing what is hiding in the dark. But God knows! There is no greater security. I can close my eyes in faith knowing that God has our home covered.
Make a commitment to keep you eyes fixed on Jesus. Remember that He loves you, he knows you. He knows your heart. You and I can never flee from Him
In the last two verses of Psalm 139, David pens the following words.
23 O God, let the secrets of my heart be uncovered, and let my wandering thoughts be tested:
24 See I there is any way of sorrow in me, and be my guide in the eternal way.
What a beautiful prayer. Let it be our prayer today. You and I will then come to know God Almighty as King David knew Him!
God is Omnipotence! God is Omniscience! God is Omnipresence!