Psalms 139

Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.

You’ve examined my innermost being

With your loving gaze.

You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,

And understand my every thought

Before it even enters my mind..

You’re so intimately aware of me, Lord.

You read my heart like an open book

And you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence!

You know every step I will take,

Before my journey even begins!

You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,

And in kindness you follow behind me,

To spare me from the harm of my past.

With your hand of love upon my life,

You impart a Father’s blessing to me.

This is just too wonderful,

Deep, and incomprehensible!

Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.

Where could I go from your Spirit?

Where could I run and hide from your face?

If I go up to heaven, you’re there!

If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!

If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there!

If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting!

Wherever I go your hand will guide me;

Your strength will empower me.

It’s impossible to disappear from you,

Or to ask the darkness to hide me,

For your presence is everywhere

Bringing light into my night!

There is no such thing as “darkness” with you.

The night, to you, is as bright as the day;

There’s no difference between the two.

You formed my innermost being,

Shaping my delicate “inside”

And my intricate “outside,”

And wove them all together in my mother’s womb.

I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex!

Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking.

It simply amazes me to think about it!

How thoroughly you know me, Lord!

You even formed every bone in my body

When you created me in the secret place;

Carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something.

You saw who you created me to be,

Before I became me!

Before I’d ever seen the light of day,

The number of days you planned for me

Were already recorded in your book.

Every single moment you are thinking of me!

How precious and wonderful to consider.

That you cherish me constantly in your every thought!

O God, your desires toward me are more

Than the grains of sand on every shore!

When I awake each morning,

You’re still thinking of me.

O God, come and slay these bloodthirsty, murderous men!

For I cry out, “Depart from me, you wicked ones!”

See how they blaspheme your sacred name.

And lift up themselves against you, but all in vain!

Lord, can’t you see how I despise those who despise you?

For I grieve when I see them rise up against you.

I have nothing but complete hatred and disgust for them.

Your enemies shall be my enemies!

God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart.

Examine me through and through;

Find out everything

That may be hidden within me.

Put me to the test, and sift through

All my anxious cares.

See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on,

And lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways,

The path that brings me back to you.

 

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