A moment in God’s Word today…..8/9/12

 

This morning when I opened up my Bible App on my phone to see what I’d be reading for today’s devotions, I was so excited to see Psalm 139.   Now when I’m asked what my favorite books or passages of the Bible are, I always say Ruth and James.  But if I were to be even a little more honest, Psalm 139 should definitely be listed, and if I were to be COMPLETELY honest, I should say “the whole thing”…..I mean, who can REALLY choose a favorite from God’s Love Letter to ALL generations!   His word is the same as it was 5000 years ago when the first word was first put to parchment, and it remains the same, just as relevant to today’s society, and just as meaningful to a weary traveler’s heart.

Psalm 139 (ESV) O Lord, you have searched me and known me!  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word in on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; and I cannot attain it.  Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence?   If I ascend to heaven, you are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.  For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  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.  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.  I awake, and I am still with you.  Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!  O men of blood, depart from me!  They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain!  Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?  And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?  I hat them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies.  Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

 

For some passages of Scripture that you may claim as your “favorite” there may not be a specific moment in time when you realized that it was your favorite, it may just resonate with you each time you open your Bible to that passage, or when you are looking for something to read in God’s Word, you always seem to open it to those passages. But other times there is a specific life event or moment in time in your life where you know that you know that you know how specifically God spoke to you through that particular scripture.    Well, that is how Psalm 139 came to be one of my favorites.

In the spring of 2008, one of my closest female friends and I were going through a difficult time with another woman.   We were both just about ready to quit our positions as Bible study leaders that we both had been a part of for a long time at that point due to the conflict with this other sister.  On Tuesday, April 8, 2008 we both asked the ladies in our Bible Study to please pray for a weekend of refreshment and renewal because we were REALLY struggling at that point.   That night during our Bible study, one of the scriptures that the teacher in the video pointed us to was one or maybe even two of the verses in Psalm 139.   Probably the “fearfully and wonderfully made” verses, but I don’t remember for sure.  It didn’t really speak to me, I just went through His word, and His teaching that night.   On that Friday morning, relatively early, a group of 5 of us (in one car, as a much larger group from our church of probably 20, which was part of a MUCH larger group from the nation, which was probably 5000–but that is just a guesstimate) climbed into one of our friend’s cars and we started the long trek to San Diego (for someone like me that HATES car travel, the 6-7 hour ride is MISERABLE).   We were headed to a Beth Moore Living Proof Live event.  My friend and I were so beaten down and weary that we had even talked about it, and had almost cancelled on going….we just didn’t feel like being around that many people, and didn’t want to socialize in the car on the way to and from.   The reason we didn’t cancel is because our third part of our blessed trio (another very very dear friend who had moved about an hour south of us 2 years previous to this time) was going and we didn’t want to miss the time with her.   So anyhow, we get to the Beth Moore event that evening, and we sing our way through the opening worship set, and Beth takes the stage.   She instructs us to open our Bibles to Psalm 139.   My friend and I just looked at one another with a look of “Huh!  I wonder what God is up to?”……we sat through some AMAZING teaching that weekend, 8 GLORIOUS hours of teaching from Psalm 139 that was the beginning of a healing balm for not just my soul, but also for my friend.   The teaching was so poignant and meaningful to all 3 of us, that my friend (the one that was a co-leader with me in our Bible study) cross-stitched the main points of that weekend’s teaching for me and our 3rd Amiga.    

Well, the story doesn’t end there.   That very next day, Sunday morning, my friend and I were both fired up, and ready to face whatever God had for us at church, He had brought us great healing over the past 2 days.  Then on that Sunday morning, my D and I saw with her and her husband.  Again, we sang through the worship set, prayed, had the time for tithes and offerings, and then our pastor got up and asked us to open our bibles to…..Yep, you guessed it!  Psalm 139.  Both my friend and I just giggled for a moment, God wasn’t quite done with us yet in this scripture.       I don’t remember exactly what it was that He had for us on that Tues night, or that Sunday morning, and even though I have a visual reminder of the teachings of that weekend, and that helps to stir some of my heart memories of that particular teaching, it wasn’t what was being taught by the men and women of God in my life.   It was that God wanted me to remember that He KNEW what I was going through, He had known it from the beginning of time, and He would walk us through it.   And that made it all bearable!

The conflict was resolved within another couple of weeks or so, I wish I could say that the relationships involved came through unscathed, but unfortunately they didn’t.  But God’s word is alive and active in me, and I am assured that God KNEW from the beginning of time, and had authored the whole series of events (or at least allowed them).   And I have peace.   And I walked away from that weekend and that situation with peace…..that peace still engulfs me every time I open my Bible to Psalm 139.

Do you have God stories like that from the pages of scripture?   I’d love to hear them!   Please share in the comments or even on my blog’s facebook page 🙂

 

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