Short Reflection On Psalm 139

By 4th June 2020Reflections

How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God…’ (Psalm 139:17)

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For many, Psalm 139 is the greatest of all the Psalms. Within these verses we read so much about the omniscience of God, the omnipresence of God, the omnipotence of God and the judgement of God, and if we just pause for a moment every now and then as we read through the Psalm, we cannot help but being overwhelmed by a sense of the sheer glory and majesty of God.

Yet for all that is contained within these words, perhaps the one overwhelming sense we have when we read through them, is that no matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, no matter how dark things may have become in our lives, the Lord is with us – He is always with us.

Over the years some have suggested that this can be somewhat daunting, especially when we read words like, where can I flee from Your presence… But surely for those who have faith in our Lord these words bring such a sense of comfort and reassurance. There may be times in our lives when we do feel like ‘running away’ from everything, times when we just want to be completely on our own. Yet the reality is that we all need somebody in our lives – and so to know the Lord will always be with us, no matter what, is surely a source of comfort and joy.

Psalm 139 speaks volumes of the greatness of God but it also speaks volumes of the greatness of His love for us and if we are to take just one thing away from this wonderful Psalm, it is surely that.

Lord, we give You thanks that You love and care for us in such a way that You are with us at all times, something we are reminded of at this time of Pentecost as we celebrate the coming of Your Holy Spirit. So help us to look to You and to take comfort in knowing that wherever we go and whatever we do, You are indeed always with us. Amen.

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