Take 5 (March 10-14, 2014)

take5Richard Thompson • Children’s Ministry Pastor

Psalm 139

Monday: God Knows

Psalm 139:1-6

Have you ever had someone who knows you so well that they know what you’re thinking or what you’re going to say before you say it? Do you realize that person pales in comparison to God? The original Hebrew language of these verses conveys the idea of God digging deep into the earth – where you and I come from – to investigate its roots – our innermost parts. David expands on this idea in verse 15, as you’ll see on Wednesday. God not only finishes your sentences, He knows them before you even think to speak! At all times, in all situations, you are secured and enclosed by the one, true God who sees you as a valuable creation. He knows everything and desires to guide and protect you. Does this make you in awe like David?  

For Today:  Ask God, in prayer, to create in you the desire to know and experience God like David did. 

Tuesday: God Goes

Psalm 139:7-12

Have you ever become overwhelmed when thinking about spiritual ideas? For example, asking yourself if God is actually real? Does He really know everything? How can our spirit actually be someplace for forever? David’s first reaction to the idea that God is all-knowing – what he described in the first six verses – is being overwhelmed. If God has such intimate knowledge of us and His creation, David concludes that he cannot escape God. From the heights of heaven to the depths of the earth, from the dawn in the east to the dusk in the west, God goes with you. Because of God’s grace, the darkness of your sin can’t stop the light of a holy God. Has Jesus performed the “double exchange” in your life? Has He taken the penalty for your sins onto Himself and given you His righteousness? If yes, then the Father sees His Son’s righteousness – and not your sins – when He looks at you. What does He see when He looks at you?      

For Today:  Remember that wherever you go, God will be with you.

Wednesday: God Sews

Psalm 139:13-18

Have you ever taken the time to watch someone sit down, take a couple knitting needles and yarn, and set to work? The creator makes one intricate movement after another, meticulously following a plan to create something beautiful. What a picture David paints of God’s miraculous and wondrous work inside an expectant mother! Close your eyes and think of God knitting together each strand of your DNA that then shapes your body. From bones to muscles to a beating heart, the Almighty God creates a living being inside another in the image of Him. And, because God is all-knowing and all-present, He sees the finished product – each day you live – even before He starts sewing. You were made intentionally by the one, true God who loves you. Like before, David reverently cries out as he esteems God’s work and thoughts. Are they as precious to you as you are to Him?    

For Today: See your body, personality, and life as God’s handiwork

Thursday: God’s Foes

Psalm 139:19-22

Have you heard the phrase, “You’re either with us or against us?” The gospels of Matthew (12:30) and Luke (11:23) record Jesus saying this to a crowd after He casts out a demon. David takes a page out of Jesus’ playbook almost 1,000 years prior, as he transitions from describing his fearful awe of the one, true, all-knowing, all-present God to lashing out against those enemies who are far away from God. David’s response to God’s call and being close to Him is clear: if you’re an enemy of God, then you’re an enemy of his. If you have responded to God’s call, you live by faith in Jesus. God creates in you the desire to grow closer to God. His Spirit will search out sin in you that inhibits your walk with God. In the same way, you see sin that separates us from God with a loathsome hatred. However, you are ambassadors of God extending His love to sinners as you have been shown grace from God. You are a reconciled reconciler, being used by God to draw others to Him in His Spirit (2 Cor. 5:17-21).   

For today: Recognize the enemy in God’s battle and be His ambassador to others.  

Friday: God Shows

Psalm 139:23-24

Have you ever been around a hypocrite? Someone who says one thing then acts in exactly the opposite manner? After taking a stand against God’s enemies calling for their defeat, David asks God for a gut-check (or, more aptly, a spirit-check). David wants his life to be marked with integrity. If you are a Christian, yet living a hypocritical life that doesn’t display fruits of the Spirit, then you are pointing people away from God and not towards Him. Note how David concludes asking God to search him – the same action he extols in the very first verse of this psalm. David returns where he began, asking God to reveal and show anything for which he needs to repent. It’s through repentance that we are led by God.  

For Today: Ask God to show you anything for which you need His forgiveness in grace and be led by Him.