Top of the morning Jeanette…
I was reading from Psalm 139 this morning – this is one of my favorite Psalms.
New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
I absolutely love this Psalm because it describes in detail the attention God gives to each one of us, every single day, as His Covenant children.
In it David acknowledged that God knows EVERYTHING, that He is EVERYWHERE, and that He alone is the Creator and Author of all life, including you and me.
David also recognized that the days of our life were written in God’s book before we were even born (Verse 16).
Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we are afraid they will discover something about us that they won’t like.
But God, in His omniscience and loving mercy, already knows EVERYTHING about us and He knew it even before we were born; the Bible says that He even numbers the hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30), and still He accepts and loves us.
When you stop to realize this fact it just literally blows you away, that there’s NOTHING we could ever DO — PAST, PRESENT or FUTURE — that would ever cause God to love us any less than He does at this very moment, and all of this is owed to the propitious sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus on Calvary’s Cross.
There’s no greater example of love in this whole world, and in all of history; and no greater price that has ever been paid for anything, then the price that Jesus paid to have our sins forgiven and have us reconciled back into God’s family!
His total awareness of us, therefore, should comfort us because he stays with us through every situation and in every trial, protecting, loving, and guiding us, and knowing and loving us completely.
I thank God for these things each morning and I believe with all my heart that they are true, because I take God’s Word literally, to mean exactly what it says.
My faith, my prayers and my love each day covers everybody I love, and especially you Jeanette.
It’s because of this awesome love that I know God bears for you that I know you are in good hands; and I have every confidence that as we press forward in faith that your ultimate healing will manifest.
You being well, happy and having a long happy life is what I want to see more than anything in this world; and based on my understanding of God’s Word (from Genesis to Maps), that’s exactly the future that God has planned for you, for me and EVERYONE who lays hold of His Word in faith-believing (Jer 29:11); and this is true even against all odds and against all of the opposition from the enemy — that God’s promises will NOT return to Him void, without accomplishing the purpose wherein it has been sent (Isa 55:10-11, 1 John 5:14-15)!
His promise also is that ALL those who wait upon Him (in faith believing) shall renew their strength and they shall rise up and soar on eagle’s wings; they will run and not be weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isa 40:31).
Ancient Hebrew culture revered eagles as mighty warriors that also cared fiercely for their young.
Eagles carry their eaglets to safety, away from the threat of predators.
Eagles are also known for their strength and courage in dangerous, turbulent weather, soaring above storm clouds and to safety.
In fact they lean into the adverse winds, in order to gain the lift required to rise above the clouds.
On “Eagles’ wings” was a figure of speech commonly used to attribute these fine characteristics to a person.
The Lord references eagles’ wings in Exodus 19:1–6, which is a recollection of how God delivered Israel from the Egyptians.
In this passage, the Lord gives Moses a message for His people: “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession” (verses 4–5).
The prophet Isaiah uses wings like eagles in the same way, attributing the great characteristics of eagles to those who remain faithful to God and look forward to their heavenly reward.
The phrase mount up is a translation of the Hebrew word ˈalah, which means “to go up, ascend, to go up over a boundary.”
Isaiah is communicating the promise that God will provide renewed strength and courage to overcome obstacles, if Israel would only have patience and trust in the Lord’s sovereign timing.
You know Jeanette, the Bible tells us very clearly that ALL the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are YES, and in Him AMEN, to the glory of God through us (2 Cor 1:20).
So let’s continue today and everyday to fight this good fight of faith laying hold to every promise in God’s Word and not giving up until we see it manifested!
Remember we have Pastor Ed’s prayer call tomorrow, at 12:00 noon.