Feeling alone, forgotten and abandoned? … You really need to read Psalm 139!
It happens to those who have lost a spouse and are now single. A sense of abandonment is often the experience of prisoners. Those who are struggling with debilitating disease sometimes experience it as do those with emotional or physical handicaps. Those who have moved into a new community often struggle with a sense of isolation. And those are just a few representative circumstances in which loneliness, isolation and abandonment occur!
Psalm 139 declares that God knows where we are, our circumstances, our feelings, and even our thoughts… and understands them completely. Not only that, His presence is there through the Holy Spirit… nothing can separate us from His presence (whether we feel it or not)! He is there – leading, protecting and working on our behalf! Psalm 139 declares that the Lord’s knowledge is so complete and comprehensive that He saw us, and knew us, and was involved in our lives even before we were born! In fact, the psalm declares He knew us from the time of fertilization and gestation; He was there at our birth and will be there at our death. Furthermore He is involved in our lives every day, and every moment of every day, in between!
Is it any wonder that David, the psalmist, exclaimed, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it!” and “How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Someone of my “coffee with the Lord” friends needed to hear this today! Perhaps you, or a friend of yours!
Listen, I never want to forget this truth! Furthermore, I never want to run from His knowledge of me! Which leads me to the last two verses of Psalm 139 which is a prayer inviting the Lord’s deep and complete knowledge of us and His involvement in our lives: “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)