Tuesday, June 14, 2016

my fav psalm

Sometimes we just need to read something from the Bible that can lift us up

or give us hope about our connection with God.

This psalm is my favorite.

There is SO MUCH stuff in it,

stuff that can carry us through the cold dark night,

or the lonely long day.

Read it slowly, read it more than once...

Psalm 139

1 O LORD, you have examined my heart & know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

  You know my thoughts even when I'm far away.
3 You see me when I travel
  and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
5 You both precede & follow me.

  You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

  I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven,

you are there;

  if I go down to the grave,

you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

  if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
& your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
& the light around me to become night—
12   but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
  Darkness and light are the same to you.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
& knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
  Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
  as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
  Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

  They cannot be numbered!
18 I can't even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
  you are still with me!

23 Search me, O God, & know my heart;

  test me & know my anxious thoughts.

24 Point out anything in me that offends you,

& lead me along the path of everlasting life.

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