Day 10: Psalms of Identity

Psalm 139 by Robyn Sand Anderson

Today’s Reading
Psalms 8 and 139

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end —I am still with you.
– Psalm 139:17-18

Observation
There is so much to claim in Psalm 139. It’s a mysterious dance of God’s sovereignty and intimacy, our value in God’s eyes and our need for humility and examination.

  • God knows us completely and intimately (vs. 1-6)
  • We are never beyond God’s presence and guidance (vs. 7-12)
  • We are a wonderful creation of God (vs. 13-14)
  • God knows us first, even when we are unknown to others and our self (vs. 15-16)
  • God’s magnificence and understanding are far beyond us, yet God draws near (vs. 17-18.)
  • We can share our fiercest and deepest pain with God, as well as our hopes, dreams, and plans (vs. 19-22)
  • We recognize God’s gift of examination and growth (vs. 23-24)

Application
Hearts open to God’s leading are hearts open to God’s examination (vs. 23-24)

Prayer
Who am I that you would care for me? Who am I to be known by One so glorious? Yet you pursue and delight in your creation. Draw near again and search me Magnificent One. Renew my spirit, my words and my ways. Draw near and make yourself at home. Amen.

For a worship resource based on Psalm 139, click here

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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms.  To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

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