You enter that relationship when you put your trust in the substitute He provided, the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for your sin with His death on the cross. Thus I want to express its main message and points in the first person singular: Since I cannot escape from God, I must commit myself to holiness. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Thou hast searched into my secret parts, and known me.” This is not so much a prayer that God may know him (which He already does, v. 1), but rather that David might know himself through God’s purifying, refining fire. He knows everything about you; He is with you wherever you go; He has created you and ordained the days of your life. How can I love them and hate them at the same time?” C. H. Spurgeon helpfully explains the balance: To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;. That is the message of the beautifully-crafted Psalm 139. If there are about 300 words on an ordinary page of printed type, this corresponds to about two million pages. Christianity is not following a set of rules or going through a bunch of religious rituals. Happy New Year: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives, 4. A comforting thought. From moments of victory over giants to moments of shame with a woman who wasn’t his wife. They were naked and not ashamed in each other’s presence (Gen. 2:25). It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since he who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according to his justice. Psalm 139. As a man and woman live together in that lifelong commitment, they grow to know one another’s actions, words, and--to the degree that they openly communicate--thoughts and feelings. When Moses complained to God that he couldn’t speak eloquently enough to lead Israel out of Egypt, God said, “Who has made man’s mouth? THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. David no sooner mentions the wicked and his hatred for their irreverence than he quickly realizes his own need for God’s cleansing. Heaven (v. 8)? Working in coordination with your brain, it maintains your body at a steady 98.6 degrees under all weather conditions. The point of these verses is that there is nowhere that one can hide or escape from the presence of God. 7-12 in the larger context of the psalm as a prayer for God’s help against enemies or persecutors. Happily, once we give up our flight and allow ourselves to be found by this relentless “Hound of Heaven” (as Francis Thompson described Him in his poem), we discover that His intention is not to harm but to bless us. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Each of the other vital organs and glands in your body works in complex conjunction with the others to sustain life, which science can’t explain or create. Because of our sin and God’s holiness, something had to be done to remove that barrier to our relationship with Him. God knows absolutely everything about me! The inescapable conclusion of the fact that we can’t escape from the living God is an inescapable commitment to holiness. There is no escape from His thorough, penetrating knowledge. Picking up the receiver, he murmured in a low, sexy voice, “Talk to me, baby ....” Suddenly he flushed bright red. I read it over four days, looking at about five or six verses each day. But in any case, the awesome thought that God skillfully made me and ordained the days of my life ought to make me see that I can’t escape from His power and sovereignty. You won’t dodge God (v. 10)! To say that something as finely balanced and complex as the human body is the result of sheer chance plus time is nothing short of ludicrous! But to fear God is to hate evil (Prov. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 139. He is intimately acquainted with all my ways! You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. Your tear ducts supply a bacteria-fighting fluid to protect your eyes from infection. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. Tucker and Grant consi… He knows my words: in fact, He even knows what I am going to say before I say it (v. 4)! (v7-18) III. So what’s the bottom line? What does this mean practically. Whole Psalm. I must become a doer of the Word, not just a hearer who deludes myself (James 1:22). 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,. 5:5-6)? Whole Psalm. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. If there are approximately six letters in an average word, the information content of a human chromosome corresponds to about 500 million words. Consider the miracle of the human body: Every second more than 100,000 chemical reactions take place in your brain. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since he who sees and hears the He even knows my thoughts from afar (v. 2b). A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there! You have searched me and known me: David prayed to Yahweh, understandin… David sings of the omniscience and omnipresence of God, which will overthrow the power of the wicked, dealing with them according to his justice. Must we (Ps. Your stomach has 35 million glands which secrete the right amounts of juices to allow your body to digest food and convert it into stored energy for your muscles. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. Once it reaches your brain, the cerebral cortex has more than a dozen separate vision centers in which to process it. Listen to this: A single human chromosome (DNA molecule) contains 20 billion bits of information. Though hidden from human eyes in that day before sonograms, David was not hidden from God’s eyes (v. 16). The tears that fight irritants differ from the tears of sadness, which contain 24 percent more proteins. The first three deal with different attributes of this inescapable God as they relate to the individual: His omniscience (vv. Those Psalms were the united utterances of national devotion. The Bible uses the verb “to know” to describe the sexual relationship in marriage (Gen. 4:1). From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. A college student fancied himself to be a ladies’ man. He is there! I know what you’re thinking: “I was just making a little progress in learning to love my enemies and now this guy Cole comes along and tells me I’m supposed to hate them with a perfect hatred! The Psalm may be thus summarized Ps 139:1. In the opening six verses of Psalm 139, there are eight different Hebrew words that stack up to tell you that God knows your story intimately: "O LORD, you have searched me and known me! It is equally clear that so rich a library is required to specify as exquisitely constructed and intricately functioning an object as a human being.”. "You know me, Lord," says this man, "intimately -- inside and out." What would be its equivalent, if it were written down in an ordinary printed book in modern human language? That’s not to mention the miracle of the ear and how it translates sound waves into meaningful speech and sounds; or of touch, taste, and smell. The heart muscle itself beats over 103,000 times each day, pumping your blood cells a distance of 168 million miles. We have a longing to know and be known, but only within safe limits. Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) provides a verse by verse commentary on this sacred hymn, Psalm 139. Some obey willful commands; others perform their duty in response to unconscious commands from the brain. That God creates and ordains the days of each human life gives significance and value to each life and it strongly confronts the abortion of any baby, even if it is supposedly “defective.”. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 19-24) sets forth the inescapable response to the inescapable God: personal holiness. “It is clear, then, that the sequence of rungs on our DNA ladders represents an enormous library of information.  To long for God is to come under His leadership. Verses 1-24 One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. It must be paid for through death. Who, I ask, has more faith--the creationist or the evolutionist? 1-6); His omnipresence (vv. One square inch of your skin has about 625 sweat glands, 19 feet of blood vessels, and 19,000 sensory cells. Life is a process of coming to know ourselves. If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exod. After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. I have been enjoying books by other Bible preachers of this time period and thought I would try Spurgeon, as well. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. So David exclaims (v. 6): “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.”. and when I rest at home. Other parts of the brain control involuntary processes, such as digestion, glandular secretions, the rate at which your heart beats, etc. In the conventional understanding, the Psalm in the weekly lectionary is chosen to meditate on the First Reading and, like that reading, to anticipate the Gospel. In this sense a perfect hatred could be deemed compatible with a love for one’s enemies. He points out that the Viking landers that put down on Mars in 1976, each had instructions in their computers amounting to a few million bits, slightly more than a bacterium, but significantly less than an alga. Of David. That means that God has fashioned and has a purpose in this fallen world even for those whose bodies or minds are not perfectly formed. He knows my actions: When I sit down and when I get up (v. 2); when I go somewhere and when I lie down (v. 3). In that case, David would be referring to God’s hand on his life from conception through eternity. In that case, the insistence that God has searched and known the psalm writer (the message and hope of Psalm 139, as noted by its use as a framework … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18" 13-18). This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. This little book is a nice study guide about Psalm 139. More than 500 muscles connect to these bones. 4:4-7). 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Spiritual Life, Worship (Personal), Sanctification, Character of God, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Biblical faith boldly proclaims the inescapable presence of God in Psalm 139:7-12. R. C. Sproul explains along the same lines: If there is such a thing as perfect hatred it would mirror and reflect the righteousness of God. Since the human race fell into sin, that kind of total intimacy has been threatening to every person. Copyright 1993, Steven J. Cole, All Rights Reserved. Coupled with that, your lungs automatically breathe in the right amount of life-giving oxygen (about 438 cubic feet each day), which just happens to be mixed in the right proportions (about 20% oxygen, 80% nitrogen) in our atmosphere. Part of your brain regulates voluntary matters, such as muscle coordination and thought processes. But even so, you can be married for years and still discover new things about your mate. This holy… Psalms 139:1. A mother’s presence, even over the phone, has a way of straightening out wrong behavior! But it also showed them that in His grace, God would provide the substitute so that no sinner need be separated from God or pay the penalty for his or her own sin. King David even survived murdering Uriah the Hittite. If you are longing for intimacy, security, and purpose, your search begins and ends with God. It sings the omniscience and omnipresence of God, inferring from these the overthrow of the powers of wickedness, since He who sees and hears the abominable deeds and words of the rebellious will surely deal with them according … Psalm 137 – The Mournful Song of the Exiles Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. Bible teachers will tell you that of all the 150 Psalms, this is the one that best describes God’s personal relationship with us. One evening the phone rang. And laid Your hand upon me. These eight Psalms are the devout Israelite's Manual of private prayer and praise. Knowledge without obedience leads to deception and pride. The final stanza (vv. It … Psalm 139 Three headings: I. From a lowly shepherd boy watching over sheep to a mighty king shepherding the nation of Israel. (v1-6) II. Can we hide from God? Before the fall, Adam and Eve enjoyed open intimacy with God and with one another. One who hates his enemy with a perfect hatred is still called to act in a loving and righteous manner toward him (“Tabletalk” [11/91], p. 9). He sees through us. Like a caged bird, He’s got me surrounded, with His hand upon me (v. 5). (v23-24) I. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. How can a person develop a sense of God’s unshakable presence, so as not to sin? You have more than 200 bones, each shaped for its function, connected intricately to one another through lubricated joints that cannot be perfectly duplicated by modern science. It contains a brief chapter or devotional on each verse in the psalm. AN EXPOSITION OF PSALM 139 by Charles H. Spurgeon One of the most notable of the sacred hymns. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? 1:18-23). EXPOSITION VERSE 139 Verse 139.—In the last two verses David spoke concerning his God and his law; here he speaks of himself, and says, "My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words:" this was no doubt occasioned by his having so clear a sense of the admirable character of God's word. What principles guide how much we share with others? I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. (Psalms 139:3 RSV) You know the way I choose to go, and you know the habits of my life. And not only did God make me through His creative power, but also He ordained all of my days before any of them came into being (v. 16)! How much is that? When David says (in v. 18), “When I awake, I am still with You,” he may be referring to the fact that each morning the thoughts of God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence are still with him, so that he can’t escape the overwhelming fact of God in relation to himself. Do a careful study of vv. 3 You see me when I travel. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary PSALM 139 Ps 139:1-24. He formed us even in our mother’s womb for His purpose and ordained all of our days before we ever saw the light of day. David sings of the omniscience and omnipresence of God, which will overthrow the power of the wicked, dealing with them according to his justice. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. However, the Lord understands perfectly how this truth fits into all other truths about the creation. How vulnerable should we be? He said weakly, “Oh, hi, Mom” (Reader’s Digest [6/84], p. 32). The closest we can get to knowing another human being ought to take place in the marriage relationship. We can’t love God properly and be complacent about sin. “Lead me ....” When God’s Word exposes where I’m wrong, I must submit to the Lord and walk in His way. Does God love everyone equally (Ps. In the blinding light of His holiness, we recognize instantly the desperate need we have for inner purity. Even the closest human relationships fall short of total knowledge. Why are we afraid to be known thoroughly? It has 10 billion nerve cells to record what you see and hear. With the first couple, God performed an object lesson that pointed ahead to His ultimate solution. 4:11). Your retina also has four other layers of nerve cells. the idea that God is not far off, but is near to each of us. But as soon as they sinned, they tried to hide from God and they sewed fig leaves to hide their nakedness from one another. Like fugitives, we may run, but we cannot ultimately hide from the God who penetrates even the darkness with the gaze of His light. To ignore that kind of evidence renders a person without excuse (Rom. Or, he may be referring poetically to God’s presence after death, in the resurrection. The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection (The Treasury of David [Baker], VII:229). 2. That information, incredibly, comes from the astronomer, Carl Sagan, who thinks it all happened by chance (The Dragons of Eden, Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence [Ballentine Books], pp. They all work together to keep us alive. Augustine observed, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering” (in Reader’s Digest [1/92], p. 9). Although the Bible doesn’t specify, I believe God slaughtered a lamb and explained to Adam and Eve the coming Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world. God knows us. He’s there, too! Do you want to head east (“wings of the dawn,” v. 9) or west (“remotest part of the sea”)? God alone knows us thoroughly. Then, scrutinize yourself by inviting the searchlight of God’s Word into your innermost thoughts and feelings and by yielding yourself to be obedient to God’s ways. 7-12); and, His omnipotence as the sovereign Creator (vv. That information comes to your brain through the miracle of the eye, which has 100 million receptor cells (rods and cones) in each eye. Browse Sermons on Psalm 139. But, as Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately wicked; who can understand it?” We can’t know our own motives and inner drives apart from God’s revealing it to us through His Word. God has already determined the day of our birth and our death and since only God is the Author of Life, only He can take it … Although Psalms 139 is just one of around 80 or more psalms authored by King David, it is the most utilized by those engaging in Negative Theology. It’s not a generic psalm; it’s intensely personal, between David and God (note the frequent “I” & “me”). O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.--As though he said, "O LORD, thou art the heart searching God, who perfectly knowest all the thoughts, counsels, studies, endeavours, and actions of all men, and therefore mine." Turn there in your Bible. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off.You comprehend my path and my lying down,And are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue,But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.You have hedged me behind and before,And laid Your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;It is high, I cannot attain it.a. ‎Another quality eBook from Chapel library. ¨+ÑØæé ;“}8öçÅI?’ëûcŠÚL‰„ˆdå¾­ê+'t—yµiû¦jÛ¿ª—́:V } –m 2‘ŽŽÈÝôU-´†‚~ ð`R¡ìÿ °ˆJlˆ. There are two elements to a holy life in these verses: First, I must constantly expose my inner life to God. Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? We have a syrupy, sentimental notion of love in our day. It would be perfect to the extent that it excluded sinful attitudes of malice, envy, bitterness, and other attitudes we normally associate with human hatred. Behold, O Lord, You know it all.. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before,. You can hide in the dark, but God is light and He will find you out (vv. and know everything about me. Ps 139:2. If you want to be holy, not just outwardly, where you can fake it, but inwardly, you must constantly confront your thought life with God’s Word. As David thinks about God’s searching knowledge, His ubiquitous presence, and His infinite wisdom as seen in his own body, he is led first to cry out to God to destroy the wicked, affirming his own abhorrence of them (vv. Psalms 139 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. 139:21-22)? And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. To avoid digesting itself, your stomach produces a new lining every three days. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. C. H. Spurgeon helpfully explains the balance: To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. Again, David is intensely personal about it: God isn’t just everywhere; everywhere I go, He lays hold of me (v. 10)! “The hymnic nature of the first eighteen verses seems to support the claims of Hermann Gunkel and Claus Westermann” (915). It showed them in a graphic way that God takes sin seriously. But God saw them! Read Psalm 139 commentary using The Treasury of David. 11-12). One of the greatest truths in life which we all know, but which we all must come to learn, is that there is no escape from God. You know everything I do. Think about what David had been and what David had become. We’re continuing in our series on the greatest Psalms, and today we’re looking at Psalm 139. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God's omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. Your first reaction to that thought is probably, “Where can I run to hide?” It seems to have been David’s thought (v. 7). --Christopher Wordsworth. For the choir director: A psalm of David. A psalm. 139. Jude 22-23 reflects the fine line between loving sinners but hating their sin: “And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” Holiness means living apart from the wicked and staying undefiled from their sin, but reaching out to them with the message of salvation. Since we cannot escape from this all-knowing, all-present, all-wise Creator, we cannot escape from the need for holiness. There is a point of contact between our knowledge and God’s knowledge. In coming to know Him, we come to know ourselves. The first Soviet cosmonauts irreverently joked that they didn’t see God from their spaceship. “Thou hast explored me, as men dig in mines, and make subterranean excavations. This is an excerpt from Spurgeon's Treasury of David, a classic commentary on the Psalms.“Psalm 139 is one of the most notable of the sacred hymns. There has been considerable debate about the precise genre of this psalm. How much more would we live uprightly if we constantly kept in mind that God is present with us everywhere we go! God is there! What do we lose when we negate God as Creator? You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Since God is everywhere, you can’t get away from Him. 19-22); and then quickly to add a prayer that the God who had searched him (v. 1) would continue the process, so that if any sin still lurked in the dark corners of his own life, David could root it out and walk in God’s everlasting way. If we manage to dodge Him in this life, we must still stand exposed before Him on that fearful day of judgment. Q. Twenty billion bits are the equivalent of about three billion letters. 23-25)! Then in verses 4 and 5 he contemplates the fact that God is concerned about him. Psalm 139:24 (NIV84) —24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. With David we must exclaim, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!” (v. 17). Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) provides a verse by verse commentary on this sacred hymn, Psalm 139. Does it seem like a vice rather than a virtue? Psalm 139:1–12. For the director of music. Yet he thinks that life on this planet evolved by chance! This shows us two aspects of holiness which we must develop: Does the thought of “perfect hatred” strike you as odd? 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,. Psalms 139. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. The Bible describes King David as a man after God’s own heart (Act 13:22). So David is saying that you can’t escape from God. Psalm 139 is a psalm that is clear that abortion is murder. Both we and God, for example, know that the statement “two plus two equals four” is a true statement, that it corresponds to reality. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 139 and more! Your body is an efficient machine: to ride a bicycle for an hour at ten miles per hour requires only 350 calories, the energy equivalent of only three tablespoons of gasoline. I haven’t even mentioned the complexity of human cells. Second, I must constantly yield my whole life to God. Psalm 139 was one of the last psalms written by David. Others insist the psalm is a prayer of an unjustly accused person, given the final strophe, while some have suggested it is a complaint uttered by a psalmist in the midst of hostility.Others still highlight the wisdom themes present and prefer a “meditation” or “wisdom meditation” label. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. Is theistic evolution a viable option for Christians? It is at its heart a personal relationship with the living God who knows you thoroughly. How did it accidentally happen that your body could speed up your heart rate to the proper speed to meet increased oxygen demand when you exercise and slow it down when that need is met? Do you want to escape God in the place of the dead (Sheol)? Considering how fearfully and wonderfully we are made should cause us to break forth in thanksgiving to God (v. 14). John Calvin wisely wrote, “It is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself” (Institutes of the Christian Religion [Westminster Press], edited by John T. McNeill, 1:1:2). But the amazing thing is, this God who knows us so thoroughly, who knows every awful thought we ever have, desires to have a relationship with us. This is the historical context of King David’s psalms. That’s what David is saying here: Look upon God: He knows you thoroughly; He is with you everywhere you go; He has wondrously created you and sovereignly ordained the days of your life. 8:13). The psalm falls into four stanzas. Every person has in his or her body sufficient proof that God exists. There is no place to hide from God. Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. (Psalms 139:4 RSV) The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. 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