The God Who Really Knows Me

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

1. God is __________ in my ______ ______.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:1-12 NIV

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38 39 NIV

Jeremiah 23:23, 24   ~   Matthew 28:20

2. God _______ me in the _________ space.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
Psalm 139:13-18 NIV 

Genesis 1:26, 27   ~   Jeremiah 1:4, 5   ~   Ephesians 2:10  

3. God will ______ me in my _______ space.

If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:19-24 NIV

Romans 8:26, 27   ~   Romans 8:37-39   ~   2 Chronicles 28:9, 10   ~     Isaiah 6:1-7

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY & REFLECTION

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1.     Growth Challenge: Read Psalm 139 each day this week. What stood out to you in this past Sunday’s message?        

2.     Read all the Scriptures presented with each point and discuss the main point/s of the message.

3.     Where in your life has it been a comfort to know God is present?

4.     Can you describe a time when you felt like God was not present with you.  How do you handle that in light of what the Bible teaches about God’s presence?

5.     Have you ever tried to get away from God?

6.     How do you coach yourself with the truth when you feel like God is not present?

7.     Think about the truth that God knows us from our mother’s womb.  How does or could that knowledge affect the way you think of you and God?

8.     When you read the words “fearfully and wonderfully” made, how do you respond or relate to that?

9.     Could you try this week to think of yourself in terms of being God’s handiwork?  How would this differ from the way you normally think of yourself?

10.  What do you think God thinks when He thinks of you?

11.  When the prayerful invitation goes out, it goes with the assurance that God is already for you with His love. Do you have the courage to ask God to search you? Remember, Romans 8:26, 27 & Romans 8:37-39  

 

* Chair time = personal time set aside with the Lord in worship/praise, prayer, Bible reading, and calibrating your life before Him.