Day 1 of 21

Known


Psalm 139.1-2

1LORD, you have examined me and you know me. 2 You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts.

Introduction

Thank you for digging into the Bible with us. We’re examining our identity in Christ this week. The more we explore this topic, the deeper we dig, the more we’ll learn. It’s similar to what author Jim Collins calls “confronting the brutal facts, yet never lose faith.” When we focus on who God is and who he created us to be we’re going to be world changers. That kind of transformation is contagious. Today, we’re reading Psalm 139. There are portions of this psalm that are very familiar. Ask God for fresh eyes. As you read, focus on God’s presence, knowledge and care for you.

Psalm 139

1LORD, you have examined me and you know me. 2 You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. 3 You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. 4 Even before I speak, you already know what I will say. 5 You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power. 6 Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding. 7 Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence? 8 If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there. 9 If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, 10 you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn into night, 12 but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart. 15 When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there— 16 you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began. 17 O God, how difficult I find your thoughts; how many of them there are! 18 If I counted them, they would be more than the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you. 19 O God, how I wish you would kill the wicked! How I wish violent people would leave me alone! 20 They say wicked things about you; they speak evil things against your name. 21 O LORD, how I hate those who hate you! How I despise those who rebel against you! 22 I hate them with a total hatred; I regard them as my enemies. 23 Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. 24 Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.

Reflection

  • What aspects of God are meaningful to the psalmist?
  • What phrases stick out to you?
  • Thank God for those things in this psalm. Open your mind to God as you make verses 23 and 24 your prayer.

You have always been on his mind, known as a member of his household, emblazoned on his hands and heart. Your significance and security is found solely in that belonging.