Psalm 139: Unmeasurable thoughts

Today would have been another first-Sunday-of-the-month where we usually meet in the pizza restaurant for some great time together and some amazing pizza after and quality chats about Jesus and everything we're learning from him together.  We're a small bunch.  Sometimes it's just my family that turn up.  Sometimes it's one or two other families that come along too.  Either way, it's always a good time and I really miss it!  Really miss you guys!  And I can't wait till we can do it again.

For now, here's this week's blog.  It's one of the best-known and best-loved psalms and it's all about the hugeness of God and his incredible thoughts and plans and love for us. 

David is the one who wrote it.  Remember, it's his honest, heartfelt prayer or song to God.  And honesty's important in prayer.  Remember our series is called 'HONEST to God'.  So see if you can spot the moment about three quarters the way through this beautiful psalm where he starts to lose it and gets stroppy with God about his enemies and the wicked in the world. 

But before that, let's just ask God to speak to us (seriously, pause now and have a pray)...

Here we go!

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

God knows better and IS better than us.  Why?  Because he's God.  If he wasn't, he wouldn't be.  If we've never accepted this, it's about time we did.  For our own good.  Not only is God above and beyond us in every way, but he also loves us and created us to KNOW HIM.  Stunning!

And if you don't know him yet, HE'S AFTER YOU! 
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,’
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

CS Lewis (author of the Narnia books) was an atheist before he became a follower of Jesus.  God was after him.  Lewis called God "The Hound of Heaven".  God chased Lewis down and show him how much he needed to trust and follow Jesus and begin the adventure of a life with God.  When Lewis finally caved in and gave his life to Jesus, he described himself as the "most reluctant convert in the whole of England".  God had chased him down, worn him out, and brought Lewis into his family forever.  

God loves CS Lewis.  He loves YOU too!  He's on your case.  Can you tell?  Even in this blog.  Nothing's a coincidence.  Everything good is from God and is his way of coming after you to love you and help you know him, be like him and live the life for which you were made.  A life with him!

God has loved you even as your life was beginning...

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand –
    when I awake, I am still with you.

He knows you better than you know yourself.  And he still loves you!  Jesus died for you!  You can be friends with God.  

David is awestruck...

...and then his prayer takes an emotional turn...

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.

At least he's honest!  That's the point.  God can handle it.  And David knows he's flawed and that he's far from perfect himself.  And so he asks in humility at the end of this psalm, for God to check his heart and motives...
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

It's like he's saying.  "I know I've just vented all my emotion at you God.  So if there's anything in me that isn't of you, then please change me and keep helping me follow you."  It's a relationship after all.  We can all pray like this.

How about it? :)

Love you.  Look forward to seeing you soon I hope!