SGA Pic of Christ lesson 67


Lesson 67
Psalm 139

There is nothing more dishonoring to God nor a greater denial of the very character of God than for us, in His name, to pretend to be what we are not, to use words that are not sincere and which do not come from the heart, and to do works of religion for the admiration and applause of men (I Sam. 16:7; Luke 16:15). The Lord Jehovah knows us, understands us, and is intimately acquainted with our persons, nature, and character. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW THE GOD WHO KNOWS US! (John 17:3; I John 5:20; II Tim. 1:12.) There is nothing in us that God does not know.

(Vs. 1) I am a very small part of this universe; yet the Lord knows me as thoroughly as if He had examined me minutely, as if He had searched me individually with His sovereign eye. This infallible knowledge has always existed, for He HAS searched me. It is "Jehovah and me." With HIM I have to do (Heb. 4:13).

(Vs. 2-4)

(Vs. 5) God not only BEHOLDS us but He BESETS us. He surrounds us and hems us in. There is no escape, for He is before and behind us; and lest one thinks that His surrounding presence is distant, He adds, "And laid Thy hand upon me" (John 17:2) to deal with in mercy or judgment. (Pharaoh, Rom. 9:17; Paul, Acts 9:15.)

(Vs. 6) The OMNIPOTENCE, the OMNISCIENCE, and the OMNIPRESENCE of God are too wonderful for me to understand. The wisdom, the glory, the holiness of God are far too high for me. At my most enlightened height His every attribute is higher than the heavens above me (Rom. 11:33-36).

(Vs. 7-12) Notice how the Psalmist makes this matter personal to himself. If aware of my sin, full of fear at the presence of the most high God, desiring to escape that confrontation with His holiness, where shall I go? Where shall I flee? The highest, the deepest, the remotest are all His dwelling places, Darkness and light are both alike to God!

(Vs. 13) God owns me! He not only observes me and knows me, but He is the owner and Lord of my innermost parts. Even hidden in my mother's womb He covered me. In my most secret parts (my reins) and in my most secret condition (yet unborn) I am under the ownership and control of my God.

(Vs. 14-16) I would not be dogmatic here, but it appears that David turns from the observer to the observed, from marvelling at the MYSTERIES of God to rejoicing in the MERCIES of God. "I will praise Thee."

(Vs. 17-18) "How precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God!" God knows our thoughts of ourselves and of Him, and they are by nature only evil continually. But His thoughts toward us are love and grace. What can I say?

(Vs. 19-22) Just as surely as God will redeem His elect, He will slay the wicked! Eternal death OUT OF CHRIST is as sure as eternal life IN CHRIST. These wicked men have two great offenses: (1) they speak against God, and (2) they carelessly use His name in vain. This is done in religion as much as in the dens of iniquity. David adds, "God's enemies are my enemies" (Rev. 19:1-3).

(vs. 23-24) I do not want to be among His enemies. I want to think reverently and thankfully of my God. I want to own, revere, and praise His name. Lord, search me, try me, redeem me, and lead me in the way of Christ, which is the way everlasting. I must be led in that way, for by nature I neither know it nor desire it.

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.