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Monday, April 13, 2015

Search Me and Know Me

It's so good to be back! I decided to take a break from social media for Lent and it was very refreshing. But, I did miss writing a lot. I'm not sure where I'm going next with the blog but since I'm wrapping up the Bible Study I teach soon, I'll have more time to meditate and write.

The focus of my study this week is Psalm 139. What a beautiful Psalm!

1LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16Your 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.
17How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.b
21Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!c
24And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!d

What an amazing picture of who God is and how much He loves us! The God who is All-Knowing (verses 1-6) and Everywhere-All-The-Time (verses 7-12) created me, knows everything about me and still He loves me.

The God who shines light into darkness and dwells everywhere, has numerous thoughts about me, so many that I can't count them (verse 17). After reading this declaration from David, how could I ever doubt His love for me?

Also, His love is so deep for me that He can't let me stay where I am in my walk with Him. He desires for His children to cry out as David did for Him to search our hearts and reveal our weaknesses to us. He already knows our thoughts and our motives, but He wants us to want to hear from Him about our faults and where we need to be refined. He wants us to seek Him and draw near to Him so He can sharpen us into tools He can use for His purposes.

I am grateful daily for the refining love of my God for me!