Lessons from Psalm 139

I was reading Psalm 139 this morning. As I read four things really stood out to me. If I was preaching today this would be the main points of my message.

1. God really knows us

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” (v1-2)

Verses 1-6 tells us that God really knows us inside out. He knows our thoughts and our daily actions. He knows all about us like no one else. He knows us better than our parents or our spouses. And He loves deeply. He cares for us deeply… even though He knows all!

2. God is always with us

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (v7)

Verses 7-11 tell us that God is always with us. There is nowhere in all creation that God is not present with us. There is no place we can flee to escape His presence. This gives me great comfort knowing God is always there.

3. God made us wonderful

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (13-14)

Verses 13-18 tells us that God made us. He knitted us together in our mothers womb. He was right there at the beginning. He created exactly as He needs us to be… and it is flawless. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

4. We need God to search our hearts

“Search me, 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.” (v23-24)

In the last section of verses 19-24 we see that David wanted God to search his heart. He didn’t want any wrong attitude or thought to be in his mind. He didn’t want his hatred for his enemies to blind him or be something between him and God. He wanted a clean and pure heart. We need to ask God to search our hearts too.

Conclusion

God knows us inside out and He still loves us. God is always with us wherever we go in this world. God the Master craftsman, created us wonderful. We need God to examine and pinpoint any offensive ways in us so we can confess and walk in purity.

God Bless,
Dave

 

What does abundant life mean to me?

I was talking recently with a friend about Jesus’ words in John 10:10. The ones where He says that He came to give us abundant life. It was an interesting conversation. Today I thought I would share what abundant life means to me.

1. Salvation – I like knowing that I am going to heaven because of what Jesus has done for me on the cross. There is something life changing about knowing your eternal destiny is sorted. You live differently knowing your sins are forgiven and you are right with God.

2. Security – I like knowing that I am held is the palm of Jesus’ hand and no-one can snatch me out. I am His and He is always with me gives me great comfort.

3. Acceptance – I like knowing that I am fully accepted by God. That when the Father looks at me He looks at me through the lens of Christ. As I know I am accepted by God it helps me to fully accept myself as I am.

4. Mission – I like knowing that God made me a certain way to do certain things. I like that He chose for me to be born at this time in history or His-story. God wanted me here and now to do His work.

5. Provision – I like knowing that God will provide all my needs as I put Him and His Kingdom first. I don’t have to worry about money, food or clothing, I just have to follow Him and all things will be added.

6. Peace – I like knowing that in the midst of terrorism and other terrible world events that God is in control. He is on the throne and His plans will all come to pass. This gives me peace in the midst of the storms of life.

These are some of the things that I have found since coming to know Jesus in 1989. Before Christ or BC I did not know any of them and life was a constant struggle to makes sense of things.

Now I know Jesus, I know peace. To me this is abundant life (NIV) or a rich and satisfying life that the NLT talks about.

God Bless,
Dave

Caring friends with truthful words

Today’s verse of the day on my Bible app is Proverbs 27:5-6. It says, “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”.

Over the years I have a few friends or Pastors who cared enough to give me an open rebuke in season. It was hard for them to say, but it was what I needed to hear to snap me out of a rut or take me on to the next things.

Often at first I didn’t take it well. I didn’t think it was a word from God, nor did I think it was a word in season and it hurt. In time though, once I had calmed down, I realised it was what I needed to hear.

An open rebuke from a friend can be like that. It can hurt deeply, especially from someone who we really respect and have let into the inner circle of our lives. But I think it is something we all need sometimes.

As today’s verse says, the wounds of a sincere friend are better that many kisses from an enemy. It is better to hear the truth from a friend that takes us to new levels in God and His will, than receive false encouragement that keeps us where we are.

God Bless,
Dave

Caring friends with truthful words

Today’s verse of the day on my Bible app is Proverbs 27:5-6. It says, “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”.

Over the years I have a few friends or Pastors who cared enough to give me an open rebuke in season. It was hard for them to say, but it was what I needed to hear to snap me out of a rut or take me on to the next things.

Often at first I didn’t take it well. I didn’t think it was a word from God, nor did I think it was a word in season and it hurt. In time though, once I had calmed down, I realised it was what I needed to hear.

An open rebuke from a friend can be like that. It can hurt deeply, especially from someone who we really respect and have let into the inner circle of our lives. But I think it is something we all need sometimes.

As today’s verse says, the wounds of a sincere friend are better that many kisses from an enemy. It is better to hear the truth from a friend that takes us to new levels in God and His will, than receive false encouragement that keeps us where we are.

God Bless,
Dave