Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. b. a. d. Lead me in the way everlasting: David ended this majestic psalm by declaring his destination – the way everlasting. Should the persecutor take his life, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. (1-6) He is every where present. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; After presenting the sublime doctrines of God's omnipresence and omniscience, the Psalmist appeals to Him, avowing his innocence, his abhorrence of the wicked, and his ready submission to the closest scrutiny. I am amazed and astounded at it. Ps. “When I awake may therefore have its strongest sense, a glimpse of resurrection.” (Kidner). Still it is what every wise believer should desire.” (Boice), ii. The lowest parts of the earth: “The mysterious receptacle in which the unborn body takes shape and grows is delicately described as ‘secret’ and likened to the hidden region of the underworld, where are the dead. We imagine standing on a shore and wondering just how many grains of sand fill the beach – yet God’s thoughts are more in number. In Psalm 139 David acknowledges, in great wonder and awe, God's omniscient care in guiding his life and expresses his solidarity with God against the wicked. Heaven isn’t too high and hell isn’t too low; God is everywhere. We should regard such birth defects as injuries to God’s original design, and even as a person may be injured out of the womb, so they can be injured while still in the womb and in the process of formation. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Psalm 139. That God should think upon him is the believer’s treasure and pleasure.” (Spurgeon). You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. The knowledge or discernment of God can never be limited to any particular place, because God’s sovereignty extends to the whole created universe.” (VanGemeren), iii. “The ultimate word of Greek philosophy, ‘Man, know thyself,’ was really valuable because it brought man face to face with the impossible.” (Morgan), iii. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of David. 139:6 with the next paragraph. Tucker and Grant consider a mo… To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. A Psalm of David. One of the greatest truths in life which we all know, but which we all must come to learn, is that there is no escape from God. O Lord, You have searched me and known me. NKJV 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You can also change some of your preferences. For they speak against You wickedly; You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. When prayed sincerely, this is something of a dangerous prayer – worthy, yet dangerous. The theme overwhelms me. It can be very uncomfortable to know that you are always being watched. This knowledge is comforting to faithful followers and terrifying to the disobedient. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. A Prayer #Ps. 1 of 1. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. i. If I ascend into heaven, You are there; Such knowledge not only surpasses my comprehension, but even my imagination.” (Spurgeon). What has been already said of deeds and thoughts is now extended to "words." Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. Psalm 139 Commentary: God’s Pervasive Presence, Intimate Knowledge, and Faithful Comfort. You covered me in my mother’s womb. Where can I go from Your Spirit: David considered the truth that God is present everywhere, and there is no corner or dimension of the universe hidden from Him. iii. His life was written in the book of life, and each of his days was numbered.” (VanGemeren). As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. Send this FREE Psalm 139:1-3 NKJV eCard to a friend or family member! i. f. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me: David understood that God knew him better than he knew himself, a wonderful and humble place to be. It begins by admitting that we neither created ourselves nor gave ourselves life. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 139:6 "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me" The Septuagint puts Ps. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. There has been considerable debate about the precise genre of this psalm. It also extended to the future, and God knew David’s days as if they had been written in a book. The singer would weigh God’s thoughts towards him, and finds that they weigh down his scales.” (Maclaren), ii. Of David. b. Revised Standard Version mg., New English Bible); but the majority of translators would appear to be right in rendering them the way everlasting, in contrast to the way of the wicked which will perish.” (Kidner), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. “The hymnic nature of the first eighteen verses seems to support the claims of Hermann Gunkel and Claus Westermann” (915). Psalm 139:13-14. Psalm 9 – God Remembers, Man Forgets. The way of holiness prayed for in the previous lines was the way everlasting. i. i. David took his theological understanding of God’s nature and attributes and applied it to his own personal discipleship. ii. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. It’s not just that God created everything – He created me. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Secret haunts of sin are as open before God as the most open villanies. Psalms 23:1-6 KJV Easy-Print Commentary. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. A psalm. Where can I go from Your Spirit? (17-24). Font Size. 266 - Our Internal Flight Data Recorder. You are incorrect that "days" in the NKJV is "members" in the KJV. A Psalm by David. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. Learn more Start my trial Back . Each person has existed in the mind of God eternally. New King James Version (NKJV) Bible Book List. The child is comforted that a loving parent watches over him; when we are confident in the love and care of God our Father, His constant knowledge of us is a comfort rather than a curse. Such injuries are the result of the fall and the corruption it introduced into the world, yet still the eye of faith can see the hand of God at work in what defects or injuries He would allow in His providence. No disguise can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by him. “A good man hates, as God himself doth: he hates not the persons of men, but their sins; not what God made them, but what they have made themselves.” (Horne), iii. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 139 EXEGESIS: SUPERSCRIPTION: For the Chief Musician. All Rights Reserved. a. Oh, that You would slay the wicked: David abruptly shifted from a spirit of wonder and adoration to intense prayer against the wicked and against bloodthirsty men. Others insist the psalm is a prayer of an unjustly accused person, given the final strophe, while some have suggested it is a complaint uttered by a psalmist in the midst of hostility.Others still highlight the wisdom themes present and prefer a “meditation” or “wisdom meditation” label. 1 O LORD, a You have searched me and known me. Your enemies take Your name in vain. If we manage to dodge Him in this life, we must still stand exposed before Him on that fearful day of judgment. Psalms 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered. Learn more today! c. See if there is any wicked way in me: David opened his soul completely before God, asking if there were any unknown or unperceived sins. Or where can I flee from Your presence? How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God: David was filled with amazement and adoration by considering how God knew and cared for him. I can hardly endure to think of it. “The rejection of evil arises from the psalmist’s spirit of commitment to the Lord and not from pride. Psalm 139 Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart. For the director of music. i. Psalms 139:4 Context. Psalm 139:13 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament The fact that man is manifest to God even to the very bottom of his nature, and … “The final words could be translated ‘the ancient way’ as in Jeremiah 6:16 (cf. This knowledge is comforting to faithful followers and terrifying to the disobedient. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. 1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) David knew that he could not know his heart at its depths, so he asked God to know it. I cannot so much as take a seat, or leave it, without being marked by thee.” (Clarke), ii. We know far more than David ever did about how we are made, and it should make us full of more awe and praise than David ever had. (7-16) The psalmist's hatred to sin, and desire to be led aright. You know my sitting down and my rising up: David used this proverbial phrase to say that God knew everything about him, even the most everyday things. Thoughts of our pardon, renewal, upholding, supplying, educating, perfecting, and a thousand more kinds perpetually well up in the mind of the Most High.” (Spurgeon), ii. d. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed: What David (and others) could not see, God could see perfectly. "For the Chief Musician" (Hebrew: menasseah––leader). The nature and attributes of God were not mere theories; they were guides to David’s spiritual growth. Commentary, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, Shauna Hannan, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2015. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 32:titlewhen he was in the cave.I cry out to the Lord with my voice;With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. The psalmist gives God credit for preparing him in the womb. “The greatest miracle in the world is man; in whose very body (how much more in his soul!) He uses the personal pronoun "me" to refer to himself while still in the womb, and the Hebrew word for embryo appears as "substance, being yet unformed" (verse 16). Ephesians 2:10). As Jesus would later say, God knows the number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30). Light itself can not outrun God’s presence and knowledge. We have to ask God to do the same thing in our lives, especially during the time before Passover.Human nature is blind to problems in our character, so we have to ask God to show us the things that we cannot see. “This section continues the emphasis on divine involvement by an emphatic use of ‘you’.”. This is also an admission that God knew David better than David knew himself, and that he needed God to search and know him. 139:10). (Read Psalm 139:1-6) God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. God takes strict notice of every step we take, every right step and every by step. We cannot by searching find how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Psalms 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I hate them with perfect hatred; Yet our unease is based on the fact that we doubt the good intentions or good will of those who watch us. Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. As the pillar of cloud illuminated Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 13:21), so with God’s presence the night shines as the day. International Bible Lesson “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. “Darkness is light to Him, and has no hiding place from Him.” (Morgan). "For the Chief Musician" (Hebrew: menasseah––leader). 3 You search out my path and my lying down. Too wonderful for me: “I cannot grasp it. “The psalmist is not trying to evade God, but he further amplifies that God’s knowledge is beyond the ability of humans to grasp. Click on the different category headings to find out more. A Psalm by David. “We have been going in ways of grief. 5 If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. c. You understand my thought afar off: God not only knew the smallest aspects of David’s everyday life; He also knew his thoughts. i. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. The Puritan commentator John Trapp had a strange statement on the phrase was not hidden: “Aquinas saith that at the resurrection the bodies of the saints shall be so clear and transparent that all the veins, humours, nerves, and bowels shall be seen, as in a glass. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. ii. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) “Divine knowledge is perfect, since not a single word is unknown, nay, not even an unspoken word, and each one is ‘altogether’ or wholly known.” (Spurgeon). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. In these verses he says, ‘Thy spirit…thy presence…thou art there…thy hand…thy right hand…darkness hideth not from thee.’ God is everywhere, but he is not everything.” (Jones, cited in Spurgeon). 139 O L ord, you have p searched me and known me! 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. A Psalm by David. Try it free for 30 days. And see if there is any wicked way in me, A Plea for Relief from PersecutorsA #Ps. Some of the Jewish doctors are of opinion that this is the most excellent of all the psalms of David; and a very pious devout meditation it is upon the doctrine of God's omniscience, which we should therefore have our hearts fixed upon and filled with in singing this psalm. It speaks of the fact that God knew David from before his birth, as a child conceived and developing in the womb. “Very beautifully does the lowly prayer for searching and guidance follow the psalmist’s burst of fire. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. c. When I awake, I am still with You: Day or night, David thought of God because he knew the greatness of God’s thoughts to him. Chapter 139. Psalm 139:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 139:2, NIV: "You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar." Thoughts kindle affections, and these cause thoughts to boil; they are causes one of another, and both well known to God. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. There has been considerable debate about the precise genre of this psalm. “Heaven is the seat of his glory, creation the scene of his providence, and the grave itself will be the theatre of his power.” (Horne), iii. 139:6 with the next paragraph. “Thy infinite power and wisdom, manifested in the rare and curious structure of man’s body, doth fill me with wonder and astonishment, and with the dread of thy majesty.” (Poole), iii. Psalm 139. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. The process of a baby’s formation in a mother’s womb has always been as unseen and mysterious as that which happens in the lowest parts of the earth. Try it for 30 days FREE. If I take the wings of the morning, 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O L ord, s you know it altogether. NIV 1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 b You know my sitting down and my rising up; You c understand my thought afar off. The Art and Force of Psalm 119:1-8: Part 2 The KJV the word "continuance" was used. The psalmist did not desire to go from the Lord. and are acquainted with all my ways. Your Spirit?…. Try me, and know my anxieties: David wanted God to examine him and look for worry. Ps. Psalm 139:2, KJV: "Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off." Psalm 139 New King James Version (NKJV) ... Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. e. In Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me: God’s perfect knowledge did not only extend to the past, before David was born. In fact, David boasted I hate them with perfect hatred, regarding them as enemies. As David wrote, You are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 51:1; Psalm 69:28) refers to God’s knowledge and blessing of his child ‘all the days’ of his life (cf. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand: David used a powerful image to illustrate the idea of how often God thinks of us. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. “You know that people are very proud if a king has merely looked at them; I have heard of a man who used to boast, all his life, that King George IV. © 2021 Christianity.com. This is another demonstration of his perfect knowledge and care. Psalm 139 1 Psalm 139 For the director of music. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, e You know it altogether. Though David did not use the specific word for hell, the sense would be the same. “The hymnic nature of the first eighteen verses seems to support the claims of Hermann Gunkel and Claus Westermann” (915). Long before God “fearfully and wonderfully made” you, he knew what you would be like and what you would do. God hedged David on every side, so that nothing could come to David unless it first passed through God’s permission. The thoughts about the greatness of God’s love “…are like a dream; but, unlike a dream, God’s love is real. Some people argue for the moral right to have an abortion because the mother has the right to do as she pleases with her own body. God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts and actions are open before him. b. b. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: David the son of Jesse was a remarkable man. My most secret thoughts and intentions, and the innermost recesses of my soul, are subject to thy control. i. i. O LORD, You have searched me and known [me]. And lead me in the way everlasting. O LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off.You comprehend my path and my lying down,And are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue,But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.You have hedged me behind and before,And laid Your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;It is high, I cannot attain it.a. Psalm 139. O Lord, You have searched me and known me. And why have we his Spirit, and his appearances or faces, both here? JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Psalms 139. The Art and Force of Psalm 119:1-8: Part 1. 139 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, Psalm 139:5b is a statement of YHWH's sovereignty and control of His human creature (cf. When I am withdrawn from all company, thou knowest what I have in my heart. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Even there Your hand shall lead me, Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. It is easy to mock God, by asking him to search you whilst you have made but little effort to search yourselves, and perhaps still less to act upon the result of the scrutiny.” (Melvill, cited in Spurgeon). “The Psalmist speaks of God as a Person everywhere present in creation, yet distinct from creation. “Darkness may, indeed, conceal us and our deeds from the sight of men; but the divine presence, like that of the sun, turns night into day, and makes all things manifest before God.” (Horne), ii. Search me, O God, and know my heart: David came to the God of perfect knowledge and constant presence knowing He was also a God of love, and could be trusted to search him and to know him at the deepest levels. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. i. “He awakes from sleep, and is conscious of glad wonder to find that, like a tender mother by her slumbering child, God has been watching over him, and that all the blessed communion of past days abides as before.” (Maclaren), ii. ... An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! 139:6 " Such knowledge is too wonderful for me" The Septuagint puts Ps. Long before God “fearfully and wonderfully made” you, he knew what you would be like and what you would do. When awake the psalmist knows that he still enjoys God’s presence.” (VanGemeren), iii. That fact that God knows and cares for children in the womb means that God’s concern for life begins at conception. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! Such anxieties could be evidence of unbelief or misplaced trust. God knows our words before we speak them, and there is nothing of us hidden from the all-knowing God. Psalm 139:23-24. Even the night shall be light about me; i. Each person has existed in the mind of God eternally. Many secret sins may hide under a cloak of zeal for the Lord.” (Maclaren), iv. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 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