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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thankful for life: a gift from God

This morning I was reading through the Psalms and ran across my favorite one. It gives such wonderful insight into what God is like and how much He is involved in the lives of His people. I thought it would be a nice addition to this month of giving thanks, so I have reproduced it here for your edification and His glory:

Psalm 139
God's Omnipresence and Omniscience.
1 Oh Lord, You have searched me and
known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when
I rise up;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my
ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold,
You are there,
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will
overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night."
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother's womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths
of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed
substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to
me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would
outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 O that You would slay the wicked,
O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of
bloodshed.
20 For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You,
O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up
against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way
in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.

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