Working in coordination with your brain, it maintains your body at a steady 98.6 degrees under all weather conditions. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? We fear being totally exposed. That is the message of the beautifully-crafted Psalm 139. Is it not I, the Lord?â (Exod. In fact, we canât even know ourselves thoroughly. He points out that the Viking landers that put down on Mars in 1976, each had instructions in their computers amounting to a few million bits, slightly more than a bacterium, but significantly less than an alga. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. Behold, O Lord, You know it all.. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before,. The first Soviet cosmonauts irreverently joked that they didnât see God from their spaceship. âThou hast explored me, as men dig in mines, and make subterranean excavations. But in any case, the awesome thought that God skillfully made me and ordained the days of my life ought to make me see that I canât escape from His power and sovereignty. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. If a typical book contains 500 such pages, the information content of a single human chromosome corresponds to some 4,000 volumes. David no sooner mentions the wicked and his hatred for their irreverence than he quickly realizes his own need for Godâs cleansing. 3 You see me when I travel. Some obey willful commands; others perform their duty in response to unconscious commands from the brain. You enter that relationship when you put your trust in the substitute He provided, the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for your sin with His death on the cross. The point of these verses is that there is nowhere that one can hide or escape from the presence of God. That God creates and ordains the days of each human life gives significance and value to each life and it strongly confronts the abortion of any baby, even if it is supposedly âdefective.â. A psalm. Whole Psalm. (v23-24) I. 4:11). Psalm 139:1â12. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. Their fig leaves were not adequate; God slaughtered an animal and clothed them with its skin, showing them that they could not be restored to fellowship with a holy God without the shedding of blood. If there are about 300 words on an ordinary page of printed type, this corresponds to about two million pages. Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? King David even survived murdering Uriah the Hittite. How much is that? 5:5-6)? Your retina also has four other layers of nerve cells. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). But God saw them! The psalm falls into four stanzas. This little book is a nice study guide about Psalm 139. It must be paid for through death. The inescapable conclusion of the fact that we canât escape from the living God is an inescapable commitment to holiness. 8:13). 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,. David sings of the omniscience and omnipresence of God, which will overthrow the power of the wicked, dealing with them according to his justice. ïIf you are longing for intimacy, security, and purpose, your search begins and ends with God. Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God's omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Twenty billion bits are the equivalent of about three billion letters. There is no escape from His thorough, penetrating knowledge. Others insist the psalm is a prayer of an unjustly accused person, given the final strophe, while some have suggested it is a complaint uttered by a psalmist in the midst of hostility.Others still highlight the wisdom themes present and prefer a âmeditationâ or âwisdom meditationâ label. In the blinding light of His holiness, we recognize instantly the desperate need we have for inner purity. Picking up the receiver, he murmured in a low, sexy voice, âTalk to me, baby ....â Suddenly he flushed bright red. Listen to this: A single human chromosome (DNA molecule) contains 20 billion bits of information. One square inch of your skin has about 625 sweat glands, 19 feet of blood vessels, and 19,000 sensory cells. There are two elements to a holy life in these verses: First, I must constantly expose my inner life to God. Turn there in your Bible. 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;. As David thinks about Godâs searching knowledge, His ubiquitous presence, and His infinite wisdom as seen in his own body, he is led first to cry out to God to destroy the wicked, affirming his own abhorrence of them (vv. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. Even the closest human relationships fall short of total knowledge. Think about what David had been and what David had become. Would he say that the Viking spacecraft could evolve, given enough time? He knows everything about you; He is with you wherever you go; He has created you and ordained the days of your life. Is theistic evolution a viable option for Christians? I have been enjoying books by other Bible preachers of this time period and thought I would try Spurgeon, as well. To ignore that kind of evidence renders a person without excuse (Rom. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. What does this mean practically. With the first couple, God performed an object lesson that pointed ahead to His ultimate solution. Does it seem like a vice rather than a virtue? So whatâs the bottom line? He is there! Your first reaction to that thought is probably, âWhere can I run to hide?â It seems to have been Davidâs thought (v. 7). It showed them in a graphic way that God takes sin seriously. Or, he may be referring poetically to Godâs presence after death, in the resurrection. You have more than 200 bones, each shaped for its function, connected intricately to one another through lubricated joints that cannot be perfectly duplicated by modern science. If you want to be holy, not just outwardly, where you can fake it, but inwardly, you must constantly confront your thought life with Godâs Word. Part of your brain regulates voluntary matters, such as muscle coordination and thought processes. Then in verses 4 and 5 he contemplates the fact that God is concerned about him. Whole Psalm. You know everything I do. A college student fancied himself to be a ladiesâ man. So David exclaims (v. 6): âSuch knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.â. That means that God has fashioned and has a purpose in this fallen world even for those whose bodies or minds are not perfectly formed. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,. Psalm 139:24 (NIV84) â24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Considering how fearfully and wonderfully we are made should cause us to break forth in thanksgiving to God (v. 14). Like fugitives, we may run, but we cannot ultimately hide from the God who penetrates even the darkness with the gaze of His light. What would be its equivalent, if it were written down in an ordinary printed book in modern human language? Since you canât escape from God, you must commit yourself to holiness. Your tear ducts supply a bacteria-fighting fluid to protect your eyes from infection. Itâs not a generic psalm; itâs intensely personal, between David and God (note the frequent âIâ & âmeâ). Although the Bible doesnât specify, I believe God slaughtered a lamb and explained to Adam and Eve the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. It has 10 billion nerve cells to record what you see and hear. Life is a process of coming to know ourselves. Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) provides a verse by verse commentary on this sacred hymn, Psalm 139. R. C. Sproul explains along the same lines: If there is such a thing as perfect hatred it would mirror and reflect the righteousness of God. In the conventional understanding, the Psalm in the weekly lectionary is chosen to meditate on the First Reading and, like that reading, to anticipate the Gospel. Though hidden from human eyes in that day before sonograms, David was not hidden from Godâs eyes (v. 16). But even so, you can be married for years and still discover new things about your mate. Augustine observed, âMen go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wonderingâ (in Readerâs Digest [1/92], p. 9). Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary PSALM 139 Ps 139:1-24. The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection (The Treasury of David [Baker], VII:229). EXPOSITION VERSE 139 Verse 139.âIn the last two verses David spoke concerning his God and his law; here he speaks of himself, and says, "My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words:" this was no doubt occasioned by his having so clear a sense of the admirable character of God's word. Tucker and Grant consiâ¦ More than 500 muscles connect to these bones. I read it over four days, looking at about five or six verses each day. âIt is clear, then, that the sequence of rungs on our DNA ladders represents an enormous library of information. Like a caged bird, Heâs got me surrounded, with His hand upon me (v. 5). To say that something as finely balanced and complex as the human body is the result of sheer chance plus time is nothing short of ludicrous! There is a point of contact between our knowledge and Godâs knowledge. 4:4-7). Weâre continuing in our series on the greatest Psalms, and today weâre looking at Psalm 139. Browse Sermons on Psalm 139. You have searched me and known me: David prayed to Yahweh, understandinâ¦ He is intimately acquainted with all my ways! It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since He who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according â¦ For the choir director: A psalm of David. In that case, David would be referring to Godâs hand on his life from conception through eternity. How much more would we live uprightly if we constantly kept in mind that God is present with us everywhere we go! Christianity is not following a set of rules or going through a bunch of religious rituals. Do you want to escape God in the place of the dead (Sheol)? Must we (Ps. Q. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! Read Psalm 139 commentary using The Treasury of David. C. H. Spurgeon helpfully explains the balance: To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. the idea that God is not far off, but is near to each of us. I know what youâre thinking: âI was just making a little progress in learning to love my enemies and now this guy Cole comes along and tells me Iâm supposed to hate them with a perfect hatred! Biblical faith boldly proclaims the inescapable presence of God in Psalm 139:7-12. Altogether the system makes the equivalent of 10 billion calculations a second before an image even gets to the optic nerve. He formed us even in our motherâs womb for His purpose and ordained all of our days before we ever saw the light of day. You can hide in the dark, but God is light and He will find you out (vv. Yet he thinks that life on this planet evolved by chance! Those Psalms were the united utterances of national devotion. This is an excerpt from Spurgeon's Treasury of David, a classic commentary on the Psalms.âPsalm 139 is one of the most notable of the sacred hymns. The first three deal with different attributes of this inescapable God as they relate to the individual: His omniscience (vv. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. A great tragedy, some can spend years listening to sermons, reading the scriptures, even teaching the Bible but not enjoy a close relationship with God. You know my thoughts even when Iâm far away. 23-25)! The Psalm may be thus summarized Ps 139:1. In coming to know Him, we come to know ourselves. Both we and God, for example, know that the statement âtwo plus two equals fourâ is a true statement, that it corresponds to reality. If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. (v7-18) III. The closest we can get to knowing another human being ought to take place in the marriage relationship. It contains a brief chapter or devotional on each verse in the psalm. The final stanza (vv. And not only did God make me through His creative power, but also He ordained all of my days before any of them came into being (v. 16)! In that case, the insistence that God has searched and known the psalm writer (the message and hope of Psalm 139, as noted by its use as a framework â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18" They were naked and not ashamed in each otherâs presence (Gen. 2:25). He even knows my thoughts from afar (v. 2b). Thus I want to express its main message and points in the first person singular: Since I cannot escape from God, I must commit myself to holiness. A comforting thought. Iâm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what Iâm thinking. We canât love God properly and be complacent about sin. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Â© The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Worship (Personal), Sanctification, Character of God, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. 13-18). and when I rest at home. --Christopher Wordsworth. We wrongly think that Christians should not hate anything. How did it accidentally happen that your body could speed up your heart rate to the proper speed to meet increased oxygen demand when you exercise and slow it down when that need is met? Can you imagine their shock at seeing death for the first time as they watched the blood spurt and the animal writhe as its life-blood drained from it? God knows us. But the amazing thing is, this God who knows us so thoroughly, who knows every awful thought we ever have, desires to have a relationship with us. These eight Psalms are the devout Israelite's Manual of private prayer and praise. 11-12). Consider the miracle of the human body: Every second more than 100,000 chemical reactions take place in your brain. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. 7-12); and, His omnipotence as the sovereign Creator (vv. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. Can we hide from God? âSearch me, try me ....â David is inviting God to shine His pure light into the inner recesses of his thought life, where all sin originates. and know everything about me. "You know me, Lord," says this man, "intimately -- inside and out." This holyâ¦ Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.--As though he said, "O LORD, thou art the heart searching God, who perfectly knowest all the thoughts, counsels, studies, endeavours, and actions of all men, and therefore mine." Thatâs not to mention the miracle of the ear and how it translates sound waves into meaningful speech and sounds; or of touch, taste, and smell. You wonât dodge God (v. 10)! This is the historical context of King Davidâs psalms. By the way, even if you suffer from birth defects, God declares that He made you. ¨+ÑØæé
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