Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Psalm 139 (Re-Post)

A David Psalm

1-6. God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and you're there, too — your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful — I can't take it all in!

7-12. Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there! If I go underground, you're there! If I flew on morning's wings to the far western horizon, You'd find me in a minute — you're already there waiting! Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the light!" It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.

13-16. Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.

17-22. Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I'll never comprehend them! I couldn't even begin to count them — any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you! And please, God, do away with wickedness for good! And you murderers—out of here! — all the men and women who belittle you, God, infatuated with cheap god-imitations. See how I hate those who hate you, God, see how I loathe all this godless arrogance; I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred. Your enemies are my enemies!

23-24. Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I'm about; See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong — then guide me on the road to eternal life.



Anonymous said...

I am keenly aware today of how God works everything together for good.
Anything in my past that may be interpreted (by myself as well as others) as evil, dysfunctional or really God working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. There is no evil, there is no dysfunction, there is no wrong...only God's divine order.
I have learned some of my greatest lessons in the midst of some of the most "perceived dysfunction". Just as we heard testimony after testimony on Sunday about our scars...not one person would change anything about their journey as the GOOD that emerges far outweighs pain. The love that comes forth as pure gold, tried and tested in the fire, far outweighs the fear found in the process.
The tree of life is pure love...the tree of knowledge is only based on fear.
Fear not...Receive your deliverance today from the tree of knowledge (fear).
We are at the brink of the birth month (09) in the birth year (09). Holy Spirit let it flow...I'll endure the labor pain to experience the beautiful life that comes forth.
Mom Swilley spoke a prophetic word over me a few months back that said the incubation period is over...I receive that for our entire covenant community here and now.

Northern Light said...

There's little for me to say except that HE sees,HE knows, HE always did, HE always will.

I'm lookin at the (wo)man in the mirror.

Northern Light

Donald said...

This has really got me thinking.
It is going to take me awhile to articulate what I am feeling in my spirit, but I will try to put it into works later.

karl cobos said...

I love this Psalm!

Going to the Aquarium today.
Bishop, hope bodybuilders was awesome.

Donald said...

Seems like the only thing that I could get out of my meditating on this scripture was after all our fretting and worrying and panicking over our situations and circumstances and bending God's ear over and over again to make sure he understands what we're up against I see him waiting for us to finally stop yacking so that he can simply yawn and say, "Hey, I've got this."
I sure thought it would sound more profound than that, but that's all I'm getting.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

That is, indeed, profound because it's the absolute truth...

SCRIBE said...

When GOD knows our ups and downs and HE is the only one that can bring us through, and deliver us to the other side of that "thing", then truly explanations to those onlookers are NOT even Necessary. Either GOD has us covered, or HE doesn't. We must decide what side of the fence we choose to stand on, whether WE believe GOD or not. His Promises are indeed YES and AMEN. God already said YES, but will we render the AMEN (power of Agreement WITH GOD) to receive that which He has already established from the beginning? That could serve as the Question of the Day!

If God is Our Answer, Source, and Provider, then no other substitute or back-up plan is needed. So, on this day, whose report shall WE CHOOSE to believe? I cannot speak for anyone else, but as for my family and I--- we believe God and will ride out the waves through the inner workings of the Holy Spirit, regardless of what it looks like or feels like. Instead of simply believing God to do a work or thing FOR US, would it not be better if we FIRST asked then agreed with GOD that a great work be done IN us, then THROUGH US. And as we are working out our own thing with God and standing in steadfast faith and agreement WITH GOD that HIS WILL, Greater Purpose, and Divine Awesome Plan be done IN US... whatever it may be. As Bernie Mac would always say "WHO YOU WITH"? I'm with God and whosoever HE DECIDES to connect me with along the way to reach the Destination that HE has for me, then so be it. It may be a bumpy ride, yet I'm certain it won't be boring nor uneventful. Being connected to the right companions can make all the difference in the world when we hit turbulence... Selah...

Anonymous said...

We frequently walk at the church in the evenings. Last night as we came around behind the Kidzzone building, I noticed a squirrel on top of the building. (I have no idea how he got up there as there are not a lot of tall trees around the Kids building.) No sooner had I noticed him up there, I saw him run to the edge of the roof and leap off without hesitation and land solidly on the ground and took off running (probably a 15 foot drop at least).
I have observed a lot of squirrels over the years, but have never seen one do this.
I took it as a prophetic sign - I guess the atmosphere is charged with faith even for the animals that call CITN home.

Son of Zadok said...


Praise the Lord!

This is the night that the Lord has made. We rejoice and are glad in it together. This is the fellowship and family that the Lord has made. We celebrate life and the Spirit from which all life extends.

Anonymous said...

DeDee Cash Kiser said...

God is crazy about us!!! :) Thank you Lord for being consumed with us....may we be so consumed with you too!!

Anonymous said...

In God I Trust!!
heard you tonight on web-it was a word of encouragment- my emotions felt very negitive-but emotions are not a prophecy- I have made a commitment:
to be a healer (blessing) of all in my life that I touch, to be successful, to be happy , joyous, and free!! Sorry negitive emotions and thoughts,, I have to go now!! I put my check in the mail a few days ago and I claim a "piece of that!" (all that you said tonight)
Besides-- you just preached what I needed tonight---maybe because I just put the check in the mail!! Any way!! I agree with what you said tonight--for me.
Anon in North GA