Monday, July 6, 2015

You knew me, you know me

Unlike most other times, today I am reading from the New King James version. Turn to Psalm 139.

Nowhere to hide

[Psa 139:1 NKJV] For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O LORD, You have searched me and known [me].
[Psa 139:2 NKJV] You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
[Psa 139:3 NKJV] You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
[Psa 139:4 NKJV] For [there is] not a word on my tongue, [But] behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
[Psa 139:5 NKJV] You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
[Psa 139:6 NKJV] [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot [attain] it.

How can a man possibly understand the fullness of God? How can He be keeping a watchful eye on every person on the planet, all at the same time? How can He be recording our every word, even knowing the thoughts in the darkest corners of our minds? And yet He does all this and more.

[Psa 139:7 NKJV] Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
[Psa 139:8 NKJV] If I ascend into heaven, You [are] there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You [are there].
[Psa 139:9 NKJV] [If] I take the wings of the morning, [And] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
[Psa 139:10 NKJV] Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
[Psa 139:11 NKJV] If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me;
[Psa 139:12 NKJV] Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light [are] both alike [to You].

 Is there anywhere that you can hide from God? Really? Nope. You may have times when you wish God would turn His back for a day, but that isn't going to happen. You might not want God in your lie at all, but that isn't going to happen either. You might be angry at God, you might want to dive head-first into all sorts of evil and have a grand time wallowing in the mud of evil, but God is still there.

You knew me from the beginning

[Psa 139:13 NKJV] For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
[Psa 139:14 NKJV] I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well.
[Psa 139:15 NKJV] My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, [And] skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
[Psa 139:16 NKJV] Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When [as yet there were] none of them.

Before you were even born, you were known to God. Before you were conceived, you were known. Jesus loved you, died for you, and knew you, long before you came to be. Jesus is eternal, but you had a definite starting point, and He knew you well.

[Psa 139:17 NKJV] How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
[Psa 139:18 NKJV] [If] I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

 Jesus is watching over you for good and not for evil. He loves you dearly. He did not create you so that you could be separated from Him. He did not create you so that you could spend eternity in Hell. He created you so that you could come to know the One who loves you beyond all measure, and you could accept that love of your own free will. JESUS LOVES YOU!

Hate them, love them

[Psa 139:19 NKJV] Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
[Psa 139:20 NKJV] For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take [Your name] in vain.
[Psa 139:21 NKJV] Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
[Psa 139:22 NKJV] I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
[Psa 139:23 NKJV] Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
[Psa 139:24 NKJV] And see if [there is any] wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

My prayer: "Dear Jesus, we live in troubled times. There are people who want me dead. There are people who hate You so much that they wish to kill all who name Your name. Protect me from these murderers. Protect me from evil, be it from within my own home, from our own government, or from forces beyond. Protect all who call on Your holy name. And if I should die at the hands of evil, may my mouth never deny You."

Now, when you look at verses 21 and 22, they do seem a bit shocking, right? Not what you'd expect to find in the Bible, but there they are. So, you might wonder why David penned that bit at the end of Psalm 139. I know I wondered about it. Here is a thought: Maybe the purpose of saying he hates his enemies with perfect hatred is to serve as contrast with the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-45:

[Mat 5:43 NKJV] "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
[Mat 5:44 NKJV] "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
[Mat 5:45 NKJV] "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Jesus Himself did not condemn hating our enemies with a perfect hatred; rather, He called us to something better. He did not come to destroy the law, he came to fulfill it. It is natural to hate your enemies, especially when you have good cause to do so. It is supernatural, however, to love your enemies. How can you possibly love your enemies? You cannot do so on your own power, but Jesus can. Ask Jesus to help you love your enemies.

The Conclusion

Before you were even born, you were loved.
Your every thought rises up before the throne of God.
Jesus is calling to you, offering you a life beyond the ordinary.

[Jhn 14:6 NKJV] Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.