Encountering God Bible Study Chapter 10
Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am writing from chapter 10 of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit. Chapter 10 is about Psalm 139.
Psalm 139 – Lead Me in the Everlasting Way
In Psalm 139, King David writes a compelling description of an infinite, immense God who is intimately aware of every person in the world. The purpose of the description is to overwhelm each one of us with the mind-blowing reality that God knows everything about us. As a result of this knowledge, we should be willing for God to identify anything that is grevious to Him in order that we may forsake it and walk in His ways.
What Does God Know?
“O Lord , you have searched me and known me!”
God knows everything about us – inside and out. He knows us better than we know ourselves. God is omniscient.
“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.”
God knows us like no one else. He sees us when we get up in the morning to go to class. He watches us when we go to bed at night. He also knows everything that has happened during our day. God can read our minds. He knows what motivates and controls our thinking. He even knows where our thinking will end up.
“You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.”
God carefully scrutinizes the roads we are traveling, whether we are going the right way or not. God knows when we lie down. God is thoroughly acquainted with our habits and patterns of behavior, and even secret actions.
“Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” Psalms 139:4-6
God’s omniscience is so powerful that we cannot even comprehend it.
Where is God Found?
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.'”
God is omnipresent, and nothing can hide us from His presence. Even darkness does not affect God’s vision.
What Can God Do?
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your 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. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” Psalms 139:13-18
God knew who we were before we were even born! He made us fearfully and wonderfully.
How Should We Respond?
We Should Reject the Way of Evil
“Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.”
The character of God that David has described so amazingly in these verses is the primary reason David reacts so abruptly to those who are God’s enemies.
We Should Walk in God’s Way
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
David knew all too well the sinfulness of his own heart. Though he hated sin he was prone to wander. Therefore he was not just hard on his enemies, he was hard on himself.
He concludes with a desire to be led in the way everlasting. Since David came from God, he wanted to go back to God. This is the spirit of any true believer, even though we struggle mightily with sin and feel impure in the presense of a holy God.
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you were encouraged and convicted by today’s blog post. Once again, if you want to get a copy of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit, you can buy it here. Also, be sure to go back and read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!