And not only did God make me through His creative power, but also He ordained all of my days before any of them came into being (v. 16)! Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary PSALM 139 Ps 139:1-24. You have searched me and known me: David prayed to Yahweh, understandinâ¦ God alone knows us thoroughly. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. Is theistic evolution a viable option for Christians? The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection (The Treasury of David [Baker], VII:229). Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) provides a verse by verse commentary on this sacred hymn, Psalm 139. Psalm 139 is a psalm that is clear that abortion is murder. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since he who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according to his justice. The Psalm may be thus summarized Ps 139:1. I read it over four days, looking at about five or six verses each day. Read Psalm 139 commentary using The Treasury of David. The first three deal with different attributes of this inescapable God as they relate to the individual: His omniscience (vv. 139:21-22)? Those Psalms were the united utterances of national devotion. "You know me, Lord," says this man, "intimately -- inside and out." With the first couple, God performed an object lesson that pointed ahead to His ultimate solution. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. One who hates his enemy with a perfect hatred is still called to act in a loving and righteous manner toward him (âTabletalkâ [11/91], p. 9). ï To long for God is to come under His leadership. There is no escape from His thorough, penetrating knowledge. But in any case, the awesome thought that God skillfully made me and ordained the days of my life ought to make me see that I canât escape from His power and sovereignty. This holyâ¦ We have a syrupy, sentimental notion of love in our day. How can a person develop a sense of Godâs unshakable presence, so as not to sin? It has 10 billion nerve cells to record what you see and hear. What principles guide how much we share with others? From a lowly shepherd boy watching over sheep to a mighty king shepherding the nation of Israel. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. What do you do with a God like this? If there are approximately six letters in an average word, the information content of a human chromosome corresponds to about 500 million words. How can I love them and hate them at the same time?â C. H. Spurgeon helpfully explains the balance: To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. David sings of the omniscience and omnipresence of God, which will overthrow the power of the wicked, dealing with them according to his justice. But God saw them! We have a longing to know and be known, but only within safe limits. The closest we can get to knowing another human being ought to take place in the marriage relationship. Every person has in his or her body sufficient proof that God exists. When Moses complained to God that he couldnât speak eloquently enough to lead Israel out of Egypt, God said, âWho has made manâs mouth? This little book is a nice study guide about Psalm 139. It contains a brief chapter or devotional on each verse in the psalm. The point of these verses is that there is nowhere that one can hide or escape from the presence of God. (v7-18) III. The final stanza (vv. A David Psalm GOD, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. 19-22); and then quickly to add a prayer that the God who had searched him (v. 1) would continue the process, so that if any sin still lurked in the dark corners of his own life, David could root it out and walk in Godâs everlasting way. This is not so much a prayer that God may know him (which He already does, v. 1), but rather that David might know himself through Godâs purifying, refining fire. To say that something as finely balanced and complex as the human body is the result of sheer chance plus time is nothing short of ludicrous! 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;. Like a caged bird, Heâs got me surrounded, with His hand upon me (v. 5). And laid Your hand upon me. Psalms 139. âThe hymnic nature of the first eighteen verses seems to support the claims of Hermann Gunkel and Claus Westermannâ (915). 139. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! These eight Psalms are the devout Israelite's Manual of private prayer and praise. 4:4-7). R. C. Sproul explains along the same lines: If there is such a thing as perfect hatred it would mirror and reflect the righteousness of God. 4:11). Do you want to head east (âwings of the dawn,â v. 9) or west (âremotest part of the seaâ)? This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. Psalms 139 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Ps 139:2. But to fear God is to hate evil (Prov. You have more than 200 bones, each shaped for its function, connected intricately to one another through lubricated joints that cannot be perfectly duplicated by modern science. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). ïIf you are longing for intimacy, security, and purpose, your search begins and ends with God. John Calvin wisely wrote, âIt is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon Godâs face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himselfâ (Institutes of the Christian Religion [Westminster Press], edited by John T. McNeill, 1:1:2). Augustine observed, âMen go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wonderingâ (in Readerâs Digest [1/92], p. 9). You know everything I do. 2. But even so, you can be married for years and still discover new things about your mate. The thought that darkness doesnât hide us from God leads David to consider that God formed him in his motherâs womb. So David is saying that you canât escape from God. There are two elements to a holy life in these verses: First, I must constantly expose my inner life to God. You know when I leave and when I get back; Iâm never out of your sight. Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. (Psalms 139:3 RSV) You know the way I choose to go, and you know the habits of my life. Although the Bible doesnât specify, I believe God slaughtered a lamb and explained to Adam and Eve the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since he who sees and hears the There is a point of contact between our knowledge and Godâs knowledge. In the conventional understanding, the Psalm in the weekly lectionary is chosen to meditate on the First Reading and, like that reading, to anticipate the Gospel. He knows my actions: When I sit down and when I get up (v. 2); when I go somewhere and when I lie down (v. 3). But, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, âThe heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately wicked; who can understand it?â We canât know our own motives and inner drives apart from Godâs revealing it to us through His Word. Thatâs not to mention the miracle of the ear and how it translates sound waves into meaningful speech and sounds; or of touch, taste, and smell. 11-12). Can we hide from God? If we manage to dodge Him in this life, we must still stand exposed before Him on that fearful day of judgment. He is intimately acquainted with all my ways! Bible teachers will tell you that of all the 150 Psalms, this is the one that best describes Godâs personal relationship with us. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:24 (NIV84) â24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. The threat of being known so intimately by God provokes the reaction, âWhere can I go to hide?â David pursues that thought in the second stanza: Where do you plan to run? 7-12); and, His omnipotence as the sovereign Creator (vv. When David says (in v. 18), âWhen I awake, I am still with You,â he may be referring to the fact that each morning the thoughts of Godâs omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence are still with him, so that he canât escape the overwhelming fact of God in relation to himself. This is an excerpt from Spurgeon's Treasury of David, a classic commentary on the Psalms.âPsalm 139 is one of the most notable of the sacred hymns. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since He who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according â¦ A college student fancied himself to be a ladiesâ man. It is equally clear that so rich a library is required to specify as exquisitely constructed and intricately functioning an object as a human being.â. Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God's omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. EXPOSITION VERSE 139 Verse 139.âIn the last two verses David spoke concerning his God and his law; here he speaks of himself, and says, "My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words:" this was no doubt occasioned by his having so clear a sense of the admirable character of God's word. Their fig leaves were not adequate; God slaughtered an animal and clothed them with its skin, showing them that they could not be restored to fellowship with a holy God without the shedding of blood. 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart. The psalm falls into four stanzas. In coming to know Him, we come to know ourselves. We wrongly think that Christians should not hate anything. Yet he thinks that life on this planet evolved by chance! You can hide in the dark, but God is light and He will find you out (vv. With David we must exclaim, âHow precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!â (v. 17). Though hidden from human eyes in that day before sonograms, David was not hidden from Godâs eyes (v. 16). Your stomach has 35 million glands which secrete the right amounts of juices to allow your body to digest food and convert it into stored energy for your muscles. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off.You comprehend my path and my lying down,And are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue,But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.You have hedged me behind and before,And laid Your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;It is high, I cannot attain it.a. Heâs there, too! Since God is everywhere, you canât get away from Him. Whole Psalm. He points out that the Viking landers that put down on Mars in 1976, each had instructions in their computers amounting to a few million bits, slightly more than a bacterium, but significantly less than an alga. the idea that God is not far off, but is near to each of us. Tucker and Grant consiâ¦ Since the human race fell into sin, that kind of total intimacy has been threatening to every person. Some obey willful commands; others perform their duty in response to unconscious commands from the brain. Does God love everyone equally (Ps. Verses 1-24 One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Others insist the psalm is a prayer of an unjustly accused person, given the final strophe, while some have suggested it is a complaint uttered by a psalmist in the midst of hostility.Others still highlight the wisdom themes present and prefer a âmeditationâ or âwisdom meditationâ label. Psalm 137 â The Mournful Song of the Exiles Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. It â¦ (Psalms 139:4 RSV) (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the â¦ and when I rest at home. Jude 22-23 reflects the fine line between loving sinners but hating their sin: âAnd have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.â Holiness means living apart from the wicked and staying undefiled from their sin, but reaching out to them with the message of salvation. Part of your brain regulates voluntary matters, such as muscle coordination and thought processes. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. That information comes to your brain through the miracle of the eye, which has 100 million receptor cells (rods and cones) in each eye. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. David no sooner mentions the wicked and his hatred for their irreverence than he quickly realizes his own need for Godâs cleansing. Psalm 139 was one of the last psalms written by David. Does it seem like a vice rather than a virtue? Browse Sermons on Psalm 139. There is no place to hide from God. We canât love God properly and be complacent about sin. Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) provides a verse by verse commentary on this sacred hymn, Psalm 139. Biblical faith boldly proclaims the inescapable presence of God in Psalm 139:7-12. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,. Psalms 139:1. I havenât even mentioned the complexity of human cells. Once it reaches your brain, the cerebral cortex has more than a dozen separate vision centers in which to process it. Second, I must constantly yield my whole life to God. Both we and God, for example, know that the statement âtwo plus two equals fourâ is a true statement, that it corresponds to reality. Heaven (v. 8)? That is the message of the beautifully-crafted Psalm 139. Christianity is not following a set of rules or going through a bunch of religious rituals. Since we cannot escape from this all-knowing, all-present, all-wise Creator, we cannot escape from the need for holiness. Happily, once we give up our flight and allow ourselves to be found by this relentless âHound of Heavenâ (as Francis Thompson described Him in his poem), we discover that His intention is not to harm but to bless us. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 139 and more! But it also showed them that in His grace, God would provide the substitute so that no sinner need be separated from God or pay the penalty for his or her own sin. However, the Lord understands perfectly how this truth fits into all other truths about the creation. Knowledge without obedience leads to deception and pride. ¨+ÑØæé
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ð`R¡ìÿ °Jl. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. âThou hast explored me, as men dig in mines, and make subterranean excavations. One evening the phone rang. Whole Psalm. Thus I want to express its main message and points in the first person singular: Since I cannot escape from God, I must commit myself to holiness. Can you imagine their shock at seeing death for the first time as they watched the blood spurt and the animal writhe as its life-blood drained from it? Psalm 139 Three headings: I. The first Soviet cosmonauts irreverently joked that they didnât see God from their spaceship. I know what youâre thinking: âI was just making a little progress in learning to love my enemies and now this guy Cole comes along and tells me Iâm supposed to hate them with a perfect hatred! 7-12 in the larger context of the psalm as a prayer for Godâs help against enemies or persecutors. You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. A comforting thought. Iâm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what Iâm thinking. How vulnerable should we be? Of David. Considering how fearfully and wonderfully we are made should cause us to break forth in thanksgiving to God (v. 14). Who, I ask, has more faith--the creationist or the evolutionist? But as soon as they sinned, they tried to hide from God and they sewed fig leaves to hide their nakedness from one another. Why are we afraid to be known thoroughly? King David even survived murdering Uriah the Hittite. Picking up the receiver, he murmured in a low, sexy voice, âTalk to me, baby ....â Suddenly he flushed bright red. 3 You see me when I travel. God is there! Like fugitives, we may run, but we cannot ultimately hide from the God who penetrates even the darkness with the gaze of His light. God has already determined the day of our birth and our death and since only God is the Author of Life, only He can take it â¦ How did it accidentally happen that your body could speed up your heart rate to the proper speed to meet increased oxygen demand when you exercise and slow it down when that need is met? Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Â© The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Worship (Personal), Sanctification, Character of God, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Turn there in your Bible. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. It showed them in a graphic way that God takes sin seriously. A psalm. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 139. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Itâs not a generic psalm; itâs intensely personal, between David and God (note the frequent âIâ & âmeâ). Again, David is intensely personal about it: God isnât just everywhere; everywhere I go, He lays hold of me (v. 10)! Since you canât escape from God, you must commit yourself to holiness. Do you want to escape God in the place of the dead (Sheol)? David sings of the omniscience and omnipresence of God, which will overthrow the power of the wicked, dealing with them according to his justice. Your body is an efficient machine: to ride a bicycle for an hour at ten miles per hour requires only 350 calories, the energy equivalent of only three tablespoons of gasoline. âAnother quality eBook from Chapel library. More than 500 muscles connect to these bones. --Christopher Wordsworth. Each of the other vital organs and glands in your body works in complex conjunction with the others to sustain life, which science canât explain or create. For the director of music. Coupled with that, your lungs automatically breathe in the right amount of life-giving oxygen (about 438 cubic feet each day), which just happens to be mixed in the right proportions (about 20% oxygen, 80% nitrogen) in our atmosphere. âSearch me, try me ....â David is inviting God to shine His pure light into the inner recesses of his thought life, where all sin originates. Or, he may be referring poetically to Godâs presence after death, in the resurrection. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. That means that God has fashioned and has a purpose in this fallen world even for those whose bodies or minds are not perfectly formed. How much more would we live uprightly if we constantly kept in mind that God is present with us everywhere we go! It is at its heart a personal relationship with the living God who knows you thoroughly. Although Psalms 139 is just one of around 80 or more psalms authored by King David, it is the most utilized by those engaging in Negative Theology. Listen to this: A single human chromosome (DNA molecule) contains 20 billion bits of information. This shows us two aspects of holiness which we must develop: Does the thought of âperfect hatredâ strike you as odd? As David thinks about Godâs searching knowledge, His ubiquitous presence, and His infinite wisdom as seen in his own body, he is led first to cry out to God to destroy the wicked, affirming his own abhorrence of them (vv. To ignore that kind of evidence renders a person without excuse (Rom. God knows absolutely everything about me! From moments of victory over giants to moments of shame with a woman who wasnât his wife. The heart muscle itself beats over 103,000 times each day, pumping your blood cells a distance of 168 million miles. What do we lose when we negate God as Creator? 13-18). He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. The Bible describes King David as a man after Godâs own heart (Act 13:22). O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. You know everything Iâm going to say before I start the first sentence. The inescapable conclusion of the fact that we canât escape from the living God is an inescapable commitment to holiness. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Think about what David had been and what David had become. He even knows my thoughts from afar (v. 2b). So whatâs the bottom line? Your retina also has four other layers of nerve cells. AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 139 by Charles H. Spurgeon One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. In that case, the insistence that God has searched and known the psalm writer (the message and hope of Psalm 139, as noted by its use as a framework â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18" It must be paid for through death. Q. Weâre continuing in our series on the greatest Psalms, and today weâre looking at Psalm 139. To avoid digesting itself, your stomach produces a new lining every three days. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.--As though he said, "O LORD, thou art the heart searching God, who perfectly knowest all the thoughts, counsels, studies, endeavours, and actions of all men, and therefore mine." He knows everything about you; He is with you wherever you go; He has created you and ordained the days of your life. He knows my words: in fact, He even knows what I am going to say before I say it (v. 4)! You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Then in verses 4 and 5 he contemplates the fact that God is concerned about him. (v1-6) II. One of the greatest truths in life which we all know, but which we all must come to learn, is that there is no escape from God. They all work together to keep us alive. 1-6); His omnipresence (vv. That information, incredibly, comes from the astronomer, Carl Sagan, who thinks it all happened by chance (The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence [Ballentine Books], pp. You enter that relationship when you put your trust in the substitute He provided, the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for your sin with His death on the cross. You understand my thought from afar. He formed us even in our motherâs womb for His purpose and ordained all of our days before we ever saw the light of day. The Bible uses the verb âto knowâ to describe the sexual relationship in marriage (Gen. 4:1). God knows us. Your first reaction to that thought is probably, âWhere can I run to hide?â It seems to have been Davidâs thought (v. 7). I must become a doer of the Word, not just a hearer who deludes myself (James 1:22). A great tragedy, some can spend years listening to sermons, reading the scriptures, even teaching the Bible but not enjoy a close relationship with God. In fact, we canât even know ourselves thoroughly. He is there! In this sense a perfect hatred could be deemed compatible with a love for oneâs enemies. Altogether the system makes the equivalent of 10 billion calculations a second before an image even gets to the optic nerve. (v23-24) I. For the choir director: A psalm of David. As a man and woman live together in that lifelong commitment, they grow to know one anotherâs actions, words, and--to the degree that they openly communicate--thoughts and feelings. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,. Even the closest human relationships fall short of total knowledge. A motherâs presence, even over the phone, has a way of straightening out wrong behavior! If there are about 300 words on an ordinary page of printed type, this corresponds to about two million pages. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. Psalm 139:1â12. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. Do a careful study of vv. âIt is clear, then, that the sequence of rungs on our DNA ladders represents an enormous library of information. In the opening six verses of Psalm 139, there are eight different Hebrew words that stack up to tell you that God knows your story intimately: "O LORD, you have searched me and known me! Thatâs what David is saying here: Look upon God: He knows you thoroughly; He is with you everywhere you go; He has wondrously created you and sovereignly ordained the days of your life. If you want to be holy, not just outwardly, where you can fake it, but inwardly, you must constantly confront your thought life with Godâs Word. Thou hast searched into my secret parts, and known me.â That God creates and ordains the days of each human life gives significance and value to each life and it strongly confronts the abortion of any baby, even if it is supposedly âdefective.â. What would be its equivalent, if it were written down in an ordinary printed book in modern human language? Because of our sin and Godâs holiness, something had to be done to remove that barrier to our relationship with Him. It would be perfect to the extent that it excluded sinful attitudes of malice, envy, bitterness, and other attitudes we normally associate with human hatred. 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