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  1. Heart2Soul

    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    When David wrote this Psalm I can only believe he actually understood more about God than any of us ever will. It is the most intimate Psalm regarding the relationship of our Father to us, His children...Let's capture that sense of awe that David had...Let us truly understand and believe in a Loving Father who knows EVERYTHING about us, past...present...and future. Nothing is hid from Him!
    AMEN?
    Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
    Psalm 139

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
    1. O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
    2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
    3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
    4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

    5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
    7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
    8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
    9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
    11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
    12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

    13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
    15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

    17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
    18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
    19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
    20 They speak against you with malicious intent; 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 complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
    23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
    24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!


     
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    AMEN!
     
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    @Heart2Soul God has a lot to offer men, of Himself if men would give Him but one ear.

    Heb_11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
     
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    I often like to understand the psalms in relation to when David wrote them. This one was written when he had much opposition against him, possibly when Saul was very much against him. On a human level he was on the run, in trouble, and fearful ( I was looking at 1 Samuel earlier and read about him pretending to be insane when someone recognised who he was, once he escaped he ended up in the caves hiding ) so he leans on the truth of all that God means to him. I am sure he must have questioned, at the time, why things were unfolding as they were. Wonder if that was why he asked the Lord to search him as he endeavoured to work it all out.
    Amazing psalm xx
    Rita
     
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    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    Amen, I am only cheating myself by not fully tapping into His fullness of all He is....l am learning to meditate on scripture and I believe it is going to propel me to the next level...so to speak.
     
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    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    Probably was...I heard someone say we are our best when we are going thru our worst.
     
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    I think much of the Psalms are the thoughts and feelings of Jesus when He walked the earth. So I like to read them that way and see what happens.

    Psalm 139
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
    1. O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
    2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
    3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
    4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

    5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
    6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
    7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
    8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
    9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
    11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
    12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

    13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
    15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

    17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
    18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
    19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!
    20 They speak against you with malicious intent; 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 complete hatred; I count them my enemies.
    23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
    24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

    Much love!
     
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    marks Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly how this life works!

    :)

    Much love!
     
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    marks Well-Known Member

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    In this part I see the innerworkings of . . . committing myself to Him as unto a Faithful Creator.

    He made me, put me together every little bit, every step of the way. He knows all of my ways, and all my innerworkings. So He has full and complete understanding of me, and of my life, and why it is this way.

    And He's not done forming me yet. He is still forming Christ in me.

    Much love!
     
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    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    Amen....everytime I start feeling critical of my failures and weaknesses I like to read this Psalm again to remind me He is my creator and is molding me and making me into a new creation in Christ.
     
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    It is so searching as a Psalm; and indeed 'search' seems to be a keyword.
     
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    @Heart2Soul We are so privileged to have more Scripture revelation (in the NT) than David did, yet he grasped spiritual realities so deeply, it seems.
     
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    Heart2Soul Spiritual Warrior Staff Member

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    I know, He didn't have a Bible to go to for encouragement....it was all straight from his own heart.
     
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    @Heart2Soul Yes, and the 'De Profundis' Psalm - 129.1 "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, LORD" - is also very relevant here...
     
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    @marks Reminds me also of what Paul says in Ephesians 3 about the 'inner man'.
     
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    Wow, I had not thought to look upon them in that way, thank you
    Rita
     
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    @Rita In places the Messianic content of Psalms can be very precious to the reader...
     
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    Wow. What a wonderful thread and such great responses. I have to stand in awe of His grace, too; how He was thinking of me LONG before I was even born. His love is beyond belief sometimes. V.5 insinuates that He loves us so much that He arranges things so we almost cannot stray from His path. He thinks of everything in advance. We may be stubborn and try to go our own way, but He hems us in so that even when we make mistakes He governs our courses and draws us back, right back to where we were supposed to be, in His grace.

    What an amazing God we serve!
     
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    Psalm 103
    13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
    14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
     
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    @marks Indeed; He is sovereign and also so merciful and pitiful.
     
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