Relationship with God, the Father! Our Relationship with God the Son! Our Relationship with God the Holy Spirit! God, You know me Perfectly!

As I read the Psalms I’m constantly struck by the power of the poetry.  It evokes strong emotions from deep within me, and indeed, when we truly consider the breadth of Imprecatory Psalms (those which invoke judgment, curses, and a call for action against one’s enemies or those who are seen to be the enemies of God), one can’t help but think that these words of Scripture were written both in the heat of and from the height of emotion.  But such a human expression of emotion is part of who we are.  It’s part of how we are created by our loving God.

When is it that we, ourselves consider the scope of God? Our God is quite big. He is all-wise and all-knowing and all-powerful. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows us from inside out. GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT US!!! 

Psalm 139 New American Standard Bible

God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

139 Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I get up;
You understand my thought from far away.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
[e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, Lord, You know it all.
You have encircled me behind and in front,
And placed Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot comprehend it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take up the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You created my innermost parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, because [i]I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [j]frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in Your book were written
All the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

The 139th Psalm is yet another song within the Psalter which gives us insight into the truths about ourselves, including our emotions.  Verses 21-22 (outside of the scope for this devotional writing) expresses our all to obvious capacity for hatred.  And yet portions of the devotional reading, particularly verses 1-2 and 13-15, celebrate the awe and wonder of humanity while giving perspective on the awesomeness of Divinity.  “Lord, you have examined me.  You know me.  You created me.  You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  Somehow our capacity for both hatred, and joyful emotions belongs to the mystery of our personhood. 

The Right Reverend John Wesley once commented “this psalm is, by many of the Jewish scholars, esteemed the most excellent in the whole book.”  He said this, in part, because of the crystal-clear testimony given within all its verses which genuinely demonstrate God knows what all of our thoughts will be long before we do, God discerns every step we take, with God’s all-seeing providence He keeps us 100% secure with His strong hands in His sight, under His power. 

And yet far from being a source of fear, worrying that we are so well known, and our emotions and lives are often not in line with God’s will, John Wesley saw this rather as a Psalm of the greatest assurance.  God knows us!!!  And yet, as the Scriptures point out time and time again, God loves us ALL, nonetheless.

Saint Ambrose, writing around the year 383, said of this passage that God is clearly “our supporter, for He has supported us with His hands.  He is called a supporter as the Creator of the human race.  And He is our supporter, for He has supported us by His visitation, that He may protect us.”

It ought to be for us, even in these days of pandemic and fear, a source of great comfort to know that God knows us so well, and yet loves us so much.  “Your eyes saw my embryo, and on your scroll every day was written what was being formed for me, before any one of them had yet happened (Verse 16).”  It can boggle the mind, “your plans are incomprehensible to me! (Verse 17),” and yet there can be a peace that comes from trusting in the One whose “knowledge is too much for me; it’s so high above me that I can’t fathom it (Verse 6).”  

When we look to our Lord and Savior Jesus, we see One who, because of His own self-awareness, was able to love selflessly and serve graciously even in the face of greatest and deadliest animosity.  He knew that He was God’s Son, beloved and well-pleasing.  He was secure within Himself and therefore could not be demeaned by any task or distracted by any temptation.  Knowing that God was 1000% with Him, that God loved Him, allowed Him to fulfill His mission for us.  

When we have that measure of 1:1 personal divine security it enables us to be freer in how we live and serve, too.  If I have assurance, security in my job, I can speak freely to my boss without fear of being fired.  If I have such security in my neighborhood, I can leave my car unlocked without fear of it being stolen. If I have such security in my relationship with God, I can express my questions thru prayer and my doubts without fear of losing His love or falling out of His grace.  

When we 1000% know God is with us, that God loves us, it allows us to live free lives in fulfillment of God’s calling.  If I have security in my relationship with my Lord, a 1000% assurance of my salvation, then I don’t have to fear what others may say or what life may bring (see Psalm 118:6 and Hebrews 13:6).  

Psalm 139, our Scripture text for today, makes outrageous claims about God.

  • God has searched every last inch of you and known every last centimeter of you.
  • God knows exactly when you sit down and exactly when you rise up again.
  • God knows every single one of your thoughts – not one escapes His notice!
  • God knows what every single word of what you’re going to say before you say it

We are absolutely known to God! God knows us yet loves us 1000%.  So, we can say with 1000% confidence, “I give thanks to you I was marvelously set apart.  Your works are 1000% wonderful, my soul knows that very well (verse 14).”

Psalm 139 is a glorious celebration of the multi-faceted splendor of God and the imminently practical implications that it bears for you and me. The treasures in this psalm concerning the nature and activity of God are timeless and priceless, 1000% knowable and genuinely deserve our prayerful, considerable attention.

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us pray,

Psalm 100 The Message

100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
    Bring a gift of laughter,
    sing yourselves into his presence.

Know this: God is God, and God, God.
    He made us; we didn’t make him.
    We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
    Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
    Thank him. Worship him.

For God is sheer beauty,
    all-generous in love,
    loyal always and ever.

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My Soul Praises You, O’ Lord for I am So Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!

Praise the Lord, O my Soul! For I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God! You are made by God! I am made by God! Just as surely as ANY one has been made by God; we have been made by God. He knew us before anyone knew we were there. He had already devised plans for all of us before anyone planned our arrival. God made us well! How do we know? Look around at all God has made.

Psalm 139:13-16 The Message

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

14 
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14 is among the most quoted verses in the book of Psalms. However, not all of us really know what this verse really means. In this devotional, let me take some time to share with you 5 lessons for you to understand Psalm 139:14!

What can we learn from Psalm 139:14?

There are many important lessons we can learn from our verse for the day.

We can rather easily and quite eloquently turn it into a full Psalm 139:14 sermon because of the immeasurably, indescribably rich lessons this verse possesses.

This beautiful and inspiring verse gives us a glimpse of God’s creative work. He created us in a fearful and wonderful manner. Among God’s creation, it is only us that God personally hand made. He went down from His throne on high and step down to gather a handful of dirt and soil to form His most special creation.

God’s creation of man is intimate, personal, and most importantly, special.

We are the pinnacle of God’s creation and that means that you and I come with a great purpose devised and implemented by God Himself.

So, here are the five Psalm 139:14 lessons you should learn today.

Lesson Number 1: God’s wisdom is infinite

The Bible tells us we are created fearfully and wonderfully. As what we have already read, it takes a great measure of wisdom, I would say, supernatural wisdom and massive creative power beyond our imagination for a Being to create such a magnificent design.

Take a look at our human body, from the smallest subatomic unit to its biggest organ, is made with such intricate precision and complex design to support life.

No doubt: God our Creator is beyond our wildest imagination.

His ability is beyond us and is able to perform whatever He wishes.

He is sitting on His Majestic Throne on High and at the same time, playing out His great plan to bring forth as many children as possible to His Kingdom.

Lesson Number 2: Humans are not the product of evolution

It is really not the lack of evidence that is causing people to abandon their faith or deny the existence of God. The true reason is that people willfully ignore the evidence. If you have eyes to see, and ears to hear, then you will find a world of wonders that shouts the existence of an Intelligent Maker.

The human body, among the many amazing wonders on earth, is just a living testimony of the creative works of our heavenly Father. The human body is a super complicated creation, beyond words to simply just evolve from a single cell organism in a primordial soup.

When you carefully consider all scientific facts and studies, you will arrive at the conclusion that the universe is far too complex to be a product of random evolution. Indeed, it takes more faith in believing evolution than it does creation.

Lesson Number 3: God created you and me

Life is a miracle. Your very existence is a miracle itself.

The problem with us is that we get too accustomed to miracles that we don’t take the time to appreciate them anymore.

Genesis 1:26-27 Amplified Version tells us:

26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

I want you to remember that God created you. Because of that, you are unique, special, and most importantly, have a purpose in life.

Don’t let other people tell you otherwise.

Nobody’s ugly, worthless, or not good enough. You are the child of the Living God and in your veins run the blood of a person created by God.

But what if you have physical challenges? Are you still a fearfully and wonderfully made person?

This is a hard question to answer especially for people who have those challenges or those people whose loved ones suffer from those conditions.

However, let me tell you. Even if you have such challenges, it doesn’t change the fact that you are still a child of God.

In such a situation, yes, it’s hard to understand why anyone is in a certain condition, that life seems to be unfair.

In God’s time, we will know the answer why, but don’t let your conditions be the cause of losing faith and hope. Instead, use it as a way to learn the lessons God wants you to learn. God will not give you a problem you cannot handle.

This might be a cliché, but still, I will say it: fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Just trust God’s timing, He will make all things beautiful in His time.

Lesson Number 4: We are made to give reverent praise and worship our Creator

In the realization of how awesome our human bodies are and how impressive the creation is, we must each bow down in humble adoration to God’s majesty.

Like David, when he fully and fearfully realized he was fearfully, wonderfully made, he praised God! He deeply recognized how marvelous God’s creation is.

God obviously does not need our praise. He is not a malignant narcissist who lives on an eternal chorus of flattery and adulation.

We need to worship God for our own sake. When we praise God, it helps us to remember YAHWEH and YAHWEH alone is our great Provider.

He is the Source of all good things that we have.

When we worship God, it helps us appreciate our great dependence on Him and His authority over us.

We ultimately submit to His will, do our best to fulfill His purpose in our lives.

Lesson Number 5: God is our Father

Do you know what’s really amazing that you should never forget?

It is that God is our Father.

King David knew we are created in the image of God and that we are His children.

It is comforting to note that God is genuinely our Father who takes care of us. He provides all our needs. He protects us, heals us, comforts us, listens to us, guides us, and most importantly, immeasurably and unconditionally loves us.

God already knew us even before we were born.

He wanted to build a close relationship with us.

He already knew us intimately.

Now, it is our turn to know Him deeper and better each day.

Final words

These are just but a few of the best lessons we can learn from Psalm 139:14.

Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

This shows us how special we are in the sight of God.

No matter what problems you and I go through, just remember that God is our Creator and our Father.

He won’t leave you nor forsake you. He is always there to help us in times of needs, comfort us in times of suffering, and rejoice with us in times of our joy.

Because God loves us, we need to use this knowledge to encourage us and move us even closer to our Father. By doing so, we will then be able to experience the fearfully beautiful love, fearfully immense joy of God’s outpouring care for us.

Therefore, dear Christian, rejoice in the fearful wonder of your God. Rejoice in how he fearfully knit you and I together in our mother’s womb. From the very beginning he was taking care of us. Fearfully rejoice in how he knows all of our days. Nothing is beyond his knowledge or power.

He takes care of you and me each day of our lives until you and I wake up in the glory of heaven and are with our Lord Jesus forever. How fearfully, wonderfully our Creator and Father God works! All Praise to the Lord, the Almighty! Amen.

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us pray,

Jeremiah 33:1-3 Amplified Version

Restoration Promised

33 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’

God my Creator and Father, teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your Holy Spirit lead me on level ground. I see your faithfulness and goodness in what you have done for me throughout my life. I think about these things, and I thirst for you. Let me hear of your unfailing love every morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Keep me on firm footing for the glory of your name. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

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