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Psalm 139

June 5, 2009

This is one of the most famous of psalms and what I write here does not seem to do the psalm justice. In this psalm of David there are three subjects. The first subject defines the omniscience [all-knowing] of God [verses1-18]. The second subject, verses 19-22, requests God to quickly judge the wicked. David closes with the third subject asking God to guide him [vs. 23-24]. The second subject of judgment seems to be a random thought inserted between the related subjects of God’s omniscience and David’s request for guidance. But because God knows all about him, God also knows all about the wicked. David reasons that since he despises those who are wicked and since God knows their hearts, shouldn’t God be more aggressive in destroying the wicked? David seems to be asking God that since He is omniscient why is He so patient with those who hate Him and who also hate David? Back to the beginning, David defines God’s omniscience. He knows everything we do, everything we say, and everything we think. God has given us boundaries based on our God-given abilities. God is with us night and day. He created us as individuals. He knows our beginning, He knows our physical attributes, and He knows our end. God’s omniscience is beyond man’s comprehension. God’s omniscience is so great that David questions man’s free will and therefore, questions the patience of God in dealing with the wicked. In the last two verses David seems to say that he is willing to give up his free will in order to submit to God’s Will. God’s Will reigns so why should he even go against it. God is omniscient and David understands that the way to eternal life is to submit to God’s Will and let God lead. God is omniscient and knows the future. God is also sovereign. Paraphrasing, David seems to be saying “Please Lord, don’t let me do anything stupid”.

God has created each one of us as individuals with a free will. In creating us, God has gifted us and given us a purpose. In life, we have a choice to submit ourselves to God’s leading or go our own direction against God by following our sinful nature. Letting God guide us leads to everlasting life. Refusing God’s guidance leads to destruction. We can choose to submit or fight. But remember, God is omniscient and God is sovereign. Submitting and committing to God’s Will insures us of a life of joy, peace, contentment, love, and hope. Live right! Choose God!

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