Psalm 139:1-6 (NSRV): 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 far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
I read recently of someone who prayed Psalm 139 as a daily prayer and that really got my attention. The next morning, I read through this psalm and it really spoke to me and gave me the strength I needed to make it through that particular day. It reaffirmed for me, the promise that God is with me every second of the day, and every step of my life. In his commentary, Matthew Henry wrote: “Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God.” During our day and all through the night, God is watchful and “familiar” with all our ways. That’s both very comforting to me and also somewhat disconcerting, because sometimes my thoughts and actions are not very pleasing to God.
God’s knowledge of us is perfect. He not only knows our hearts and minds at this very moment, his knowledge of us extends to what our future actions or words will be. So when I read and pray these first six verses of Psalm 139, it helps me to focus my thoughts and my actions on what God would have me to do. It makes me want to lead a better life and focus my time and energy on pleasing and glorifying God in all that I do.
Psalm 139 gives me great comfort in knowing that God is always with me and watching over me. If you feel alone in the world or separated from God, this psalm will help you to reconnect with God. If you are a believer and you are having a difficult time sensing God’s presence in your life, this psalm will help you to draw closer to God.
The world that we live in may tell you that God is not real. Psalm 139 describes the nature and presence of God, with each one of us as we journey through life on this earth. We are not alone! At times, we may try to run or hide from God, but His presence and his knowledge of us is inescapable. Read and pray the promises from Psalm 139 daily and ask for God’s presence in your life today. God knows you and loves you and He wants the very best for you.