Psalm 139 – One of the “WOW!” passages in the Bible!

wowToday, in my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord,” I read one of my absolute favorite passages in the Bible! (I checked with Sharon, my wife, and she agreed it was one of her favorites as well!) Psalm 139 … I jotted in the margin of my Bible these words: “Wow! This is one of the “Wow” passages of the Bible!

In the passage King David, the psalmist, reflects on three things about God that make him say “Wow!” then pauses and says “Wow!” and then responds to God on the basis of the “Wow’s” he’s considered. So here we go (see what these “Wows” do in your heart and mind today)…

“Wow! You know everything… I mean EVERYTHING about me!”

“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it!” (verses 1-6)

“Wow! You are present everywhere – everywhere I go!”

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you!” (verses 7-12)

“Wow! You created me – and you know me inside – out, even before I was born!”

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well! My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them!” (verses 13-16)

And then a summarizing “Wow”

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand!” (verses 17-18)

And finally, David (and my) response to all of these “Wows!”

“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (verses 23-24)

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