Scripture Reading – Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145
Today’s Scripture reading consists of six Psalms; however, this devotional commentary will limit its focus to Psalm 139.
Charles Darwin, the 19th century English naturalist, was a geologist and biologist by training. Called by many, the Father of Evolution, Darwin attained world-wide fame when he published his book, Origin of the Species (1859).
Though many (if not the majority) of his suppositions on the Theory of Evolution have been disproven and rejected by credible scientists, nevertheless evolution has continued to be taught in secular education as the explanation for life and the physical universe. The delusion of evolution has wreaked havoc in our world and has infected not only our outlook on life, but also the value we place on life itself.
Consider this statement: What you believe concerning the origin of life will dictate the answers to fundamental questions on life itself: “Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? How should I live? Where am I going?”
Psalm 139 is not only David’s declaration of his belief in His Creator, but also his revelation concerning God’s attributes.
God is Omniscient and knows all that is in your heart (Psalm 139:1-6).
He knows your fears, longing, thoughts, and desires (139:1a). There is nothing you can hide from God. 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).
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.”
Knowing the LORD is omnipresent, you can be confident you are never beyond His protection, love, and compassion (139:9-10). You can take flight, but you are never beyond His grasp.
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 to be 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.”
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].
He 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 beingunperfect [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 were 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].”
My friend, you are special, unique, and one of a kind; there is no one 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 no other.
He created you as a free will agent. You are not a robot and every person has the privilege and responsibility of choice, individual actions, thought and will.
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:”
Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith