Psalm 139


A couple of early psalms ask some tough questions of God.  Ps. 10, “Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”  Ps. 13, “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever…How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all day?”  Ps. 74, “Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?”

The wonder of the psalms is that they give us permission to have such thoughts and questions for and about God. Ask away, God can take it.

After we have vented about God’s absence or lack of care, a good place to go is Psalm 139.  “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.”  The psalm continues, even before I speak a word you know what I’m going to say.  If I choose to run away, there is no place in which God is not whether in heaven or in the pit of Sheol, whether I fly away in the morning or dive to the deepest part of the sea.  “Even darkness is not dark…the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

The Lord has known me since I was a zygote, sperm and egg uniting to form who I am.

Go ahead, ask God tough questions.  But keep psalm 139 near at hand.

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