COME NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL COME NEAR TO YOU.
(James 4: 8)
– PSALM 139
O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me…
… See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead
me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139, verse 1 and 24)
Let us MEDITATE
-this time with King David, on three aspects of our relationship with God. Please, have your Bible opened to Psalm 139 before you, as we deepen our faith and vision of our God, who: – KNOWS ME (v1 – 6), – IS WITH ME (v7 – 12), – MADE ME (v13 – 18). Psalm 139 presents God’s personal relationship to the individual in a radical statement of David on how God’s knowledge, presence and power transformed and saved his life for ever.
How thoroughly does God know everything we do and everywhere we go, regardless whether we acknowledge Him or not: – when I sit and when I rise…my thought…my lying down…all my ways. Specifically, in relation to us, God: – search me and know me… perceive my thoughts…discern…familiar with all my ways. (v 1 – 3). God takes much more than a casual interest in us. His constant presence is difficult to grasp because we know how imperfect our comings, goings and thoughts are; and even so, God is still with us. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, – confesses David (v6).
Do you think there are places you can go where God is not present and does that make any difference to your attitude or behaviour? Focus on verses 7 – 12: How would the faithful acknowledgement of His presence change your life? Let me put it like this: – Do you treat going to church once a week like that is the only time God is present in your life? I know, it seems harsh, but these verses are really asking it. Remember, God is Spirit. He is near. He is with you. He is pursuing you. A man may hide God from himself, and yet he cannot hide himself from God. I love this proverbial saying of John Knox. We are never alone and as Spurgeon said: We must be, whether we will or not, as near to God as our soul is to our body. This makes it dreadful work to sin; for we offend the Almighty to His face and commit acts of treason at the very foot of His throne. For some people, God’s presence may seem a worrying burden; but to those who know Him and love Him, it is life’s greatest blessing (Psalm 23: 4).
If we realize that God is with our every movement and thought – even before we were born – we would probably become very concerned/ interested(?) as to what He thinks and intends for us. In verses 17 – 22 taken as a whole, David is expressing his desire to be rid of all the wrong influences that detract from God. He does not want to spend any time or thought or develop any kind of relationship with anyone or anything that leads him away from God. Is there anything you feel that God might not understand about you? Do you question why He made you the way, into the age and nation He did? Our true Christian faith should reveal our response through the quality of our lives and walks in Christ.
David’s final appeal is to ensure that he is living as God intends. Verses 23 and 24 give us a faithful confession of a Christian life: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Indeed, my faith and my whole life are deeply shaped by God’s interest in me even before I was born, and therefore I know and firmly believe that He is interested in the outcome of my life as well.
In coming to know God, we come to know ourselves. In the blinding glory of His Holiness, we recognize instantly the desperate need we have to be compatible to Him. Since we cannot escape from this ALL-KNOWING, ALL-PRESENT, ALL-WISE CREATOR, there is no way to refuse SALVATION through GOD’S ANOINTED ONE and becoming CHRISTLIKE children of our Almighty Heavenly Father. If I want to express the message of Psalm 139 in one sentence and in the first person singular, I say: Since I cannot escape from God, I must commit myself to Him. Amen.
Using this wonderful psalm of David, we are offered something of a composite made up of a hymn, praise, thanksgiving, lament, confession, meditation and prayer. David knew, as we must know, that wrong ideas about God will inevitably lead to wrong ideas about who we are. Such wrong thinking can tragically lead to wrong decisions, leading to the wrong path, resulting in the wrong destiny. Bring your self and all your concerns, doubts, and fears, bring your loved ones, your Church and the whole world as we struggle with the long-term consequences of this tragic Covid-19 Pandemic, and believe that we are never alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer: …
ABBA FATHER, LET ME BE Yours and Yours alone. May my will for ever be evermore Your own. Never let my heart grow cold, never let me go, Abba Father, let me be Yours and Yours alone.
THE GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU.
(1 Corinthians 16: 23) AMEN.