Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Daily reading assignment – Psalms 137-139
Our Scripture reading today consist of three individual psalms of worship, Psalms 137, 138, and 139. Recent scripture readings in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah recorded historical events following Israel’s 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Psalm 137, however; gives us a perspective on the sorrows the Jews bore upon their arrival in Babylon.
God raised up many prophets to warn Israel and Judah, should the people continue in their sins and rebellion against the Lord, He would deliver them to their enemies. His people and their leaders: however, would not heed warnings of the Lord’s prophets and continued in their sins until all was lost. Arriving in Babylon, God’s people were haunted by the memories of the Temple, the city and their homes destroyed by fire. Humanly speaking, all was lost; and so we read,
Psalm 137:1 – “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.”
Psalm 138, the first of eight Psalms written by David and located in the closing chapters of this book (138-145), is a Psalm of praise and rejoicing.
Psalm 139, authored by David, is my primary focus for today’s devotional commentary titled, God Broke the Mold When He Made You!
There was a man who lived in the 19th century whose delusions concerning God and creation has wrecked havoc in our world. Charles Darwin traveled the world, denying the Creator, and in his book, Origin of the Species (1859), argued for the Theory of Evolution. Although many of his suppositions have been proven impossible and rejected by credible scientists, the Theory of Evolution continues to be taught as the explanation for life and our physical universe in secular education institutions.
Make no mistake; what you believe concerning God as Creator dictates the answer to critical questions we all face: “Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? How should I live? Where am I going?”
David declares God is Omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12), and mankind’s Originator [lit. Creator\Architect\Designer] (Psalm 139:13-16).
God is Omniscient and knows all that is in your heart (Psalm 139:1-6). He knows your fears, longings, thoughts, and desires (139:1a); there is nothing concealed from him. He knows all about you (139:2). He knows everything you think in secret and everything you say in public (139:2b). He savors the noble and excellent qualities of your life (139:3-6).
God is Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12). He abides in every part and place of his creation and there is not a place where God is not present (139:7-8).
Psalm 139:7-8 – “Whither shall I go [walk; come; ] from thy spirit [God’s Spirit]? or whither shall I flee [i.e. be put to flight] from thy presence [face; countenance]? 8 If I ascend up [go up] into heaven [i.e. Heavens..the sky above; stars and planets], thou art there: if I make my bed in hell [Sheol; grave; pit; place of the souls of the dead], behold, thou art there.”
Because the LORD is omnipresent, we are never beyond His protection, love, or compassion (139:9-10). You can take flight, but you are never beyond His grasp or reach.
Psalm 139:9-10 – “If I take [depart; carried away] the wings of the morning [dawn; first beams of morning light], and dwell [abide; remain; inhabit] in the uttermost parts [end; last] of the sea; 10 Even there [flight as fast as light or the depths of the sea] shall thy hand [power] lead [guide; bring] me, and thy right hand [i.e. considered the stronger side] shall hold [take hold; possess; handle; grasp] me.”
When the darkest hour of life is upon you, the light of the Lord is with you (139:11-12).
Psalm 139:11-12 – “If I say [speak], Surely the darkness [i.e. misery] shall cover [bruise; break; overwhelm] me; even the night shall be light [day; light] about me. 12 Yea, the darkness [i.e. misery] hideth [obscures] not from thee; but the night shineth [shines; enlightens; gives light] as the day: the darkness [i.e. misery] and the light [luminous light] are both alike to thee.”
God is not only Omniscient and Omnipresent; He is also your Originator… your Creator, Designer and Architect (Psalm 139:13-16). Herein is the greatest argument against abortion: Knowing God is Creator and human life sacred, abortion is an unconscionable evil.
My friend, you are special, unique; one of a kind; there is none other like you. Modern science has proven just how unique you are. Your ears are geometrically unique as is your body odor (secreting a combination of 44 compounds). Your fingerprints and fingernails are unique with loops and swirls forming patterns unique to you. Even the pores of your nose form a pattern like none other.
We have one thing in common: We are eternal souls uniquely designed and created by God (139:13-16)! God has Sovereignly determined your uniqueness. (139:13)
Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed [get; acquire] my reins [lit. kidneys; figuratively the mind; soul, seat of my desire and affections]: thou hast covered [knit; weave] me in my mother’s womb [belly; bosom; body].
God has impressed on man’s soul a consciousness of his Creator’s hand and design. (139:14)
Psalm 139:14-15 – “I will praise [give thanks; confess God in public] thee; for I am fearfully [amazingly; stand in awe or reverence] and wonderfully made [distinguish; uniquely; set apart]: marvellous [wonderful; extraordinary; surpassing] are thy works [labor; i.e. needlework; deeds]; and that my soul [life; person; being] knoweth [perceives; observes] right well [exceedingly; greatly]. 15 My substance [strength; physical frame; bones and being] was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret [mother’s womb], and curiously wrought [woven as a tapestry] in the lowest parts of the earth [out of human sight].
From the moment of your conception, your person and days were determined (139:16).
Psalm 139:16 – Thine eyes did see [perceive; look; behold] my substance [body; frame; bones], yet being unperfect [embryo; unformed mass in mother’s womb]; and in thy book [letter; scroll] all my members were written [described; lit. – all the days of my life are ordained], which in continuance [day; time; continually] were fashioned [formed, as a potter; to mold], when as yet there was none [i.e. not the first] of them [before one day of my life was past].”
You are God’s unique creation and He knows you like none other. He created you as a free will agent. You are not a robot and every person has the privilege and responsibility of choice and bears the consequences of their choices.
Romans 1:20 – “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
- Note – Amplifications of Psalm 139 are by the author.
Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith