This morning, I had the pleasure to preach to the middle and high school students at Blue Grass Baptist School. I preached out of Psalm 139. Here’s the basic outline.
The Lord knows you.
In Psalm 139:1-6 (go ahead and read through it), we see that God knows even the most routine of actions we do without thinking about them (sitting down, rising up). He also knows our thoughts and our words—even before we think them or speak them. To use a theological term, this is omniscience—all-knowing! The Scripture even says that he hems us in not just to keep the Enemy away from us from the outside, but to keep us hemmed in for our own protection! Of all the people I have the most trouble with is myself—and I’m sure many of you can say the same thing.
So if God knows all these things, that brings great comfort to those who belong to Him in Christ. Consider this passage:
12For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:12-16).
He knows us through Christ, who experienced everything we have—yet stayed obedient in word, thought, and action! He knows, understands, sympathizes, and welcomes those who are His own to come near confidently to find mercy and grace.
For those not in Christ, He knows everything about us. Nothing flies under His radar! For those who have yet to surrender to Christ,
The Lord sees you.
In Psalm 139:7-12 (go ahead and read through it), we see even more so of how nothing flies under God’s radar. High or low, east or west, night or day, he sees everything! I joke when listening to a sports radio show that if the headline begins, “At 2:30 in the morning …” I automatically know something bad just happened. You see, so many people believe that the nighttime can hide their actions. Yet, when God says, “The night is as day to him”—that’s a startling revelation to many.
The Lord made you.
In Psalm 139:13-18 (go ahead and read through it), we see that even in the mother’s womb, God is forming and fashioning us “fearfully and wonderfully,” blowing to shreds that life is only viable when the baby exits the birth canal and draws it’s first breath. God has measured the number of our days as well. Even on a microscopic level at conception, Scripture makes it clear that He is there weaving us together—complete with our own DNA.
Check out the video below of the pictures of the development of the unborn child. (I know—it’s titled “Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video”—but if you are pro-choice/pro-abortion, I pray you will at least look at the pictures to see our vantage point.)
The Lord searches you.
In Psalm 139:19-24 (go ahead and read through it), this harsh-sounding passage shows the realism of the heart that loves (we have rage and anger against those who despise and spew hatred against those we love—including spewing hatred against God) and asks God for justice (as we all do when someone wrongs us). But verses 23-24 shows the author asking God to search him so there wouldn’t be any wickedness found in his heart. He doesn’t want to be numbered among those who despise the Lord, even internally. He doesn’t want to be ‘that guy.’
Skeptics want validation of their own authority. Christians want vindication from their enemies, even the greatest enemy of all: self!
Is Psalm 139 good news or bad news for you?