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Comfort and a Prayer

Psalm 139 has always been my favorite. Whenever I’m feeling sad or lonely or inadequate, Psalm 139 is the first place I go. More often than not, I need to be reminded of how awesome our God is above anything else. In this one prayer, David tells us a lot about God’s character.

God knows everything, past, present and future. He is omniscient.
God sees everything, on earth, in heaven and everywhere in between. He is omnipresent.
God is all powerful. All things were created by and for Him. He is omnipotent.

Like David, this knowledge is too wonderful and too great for us to comprehend. We live in a finite world limited by our senses. It’s hard to wrap our minds around omniscience and omnipotence and unconditional love. Our sinful, self-absorbed nature makes it even harder.

At the end of this psalm, David asks God to test him: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT).

These verses should cause us to look at our own hearts. If we are really paying attention, the Holy Spirit will point out that which is offensive to God. Then, it’s up to us to repent. Re-read Psalm 139 as a prayer lifted up to your Creator who loves you and wants what is best for you.

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