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May 19, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 2 Chronicles 32-34
Audio: 2 Chronicles 32-34

Psalm 139 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Only You Can Search me

    Only you can search me
    Only you know who I am
    You know everything about me

    You know what I think
    You know what I do
    Before I speak you know what I will say

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me
    So I can't attain it

    I can't hide from you
    Or run from your presence
    Everywhere I go you are there
    Waiting for me

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me
    So I can't attain it

    You created me
    Knit me in my mother's womb
    I am fearfully and wonderfully made
    By you

    Only you can search me
    Only you can know my heart
    And show me any wickedness in me
    And lead me in the everlasting way

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me
    So I can't attain it

    Scott Quillin
    May 2020


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "The Heavens Declare Your Glory" by Matthew Henry

    "The heavens declare your glory, O God, and the firmament shows your handiwork. And by the things that are made, we clearly see and understand your eternal power and divine nature.

    So anyone who says there is no God is a fool without excuse. Truly there is a reward for the righteous, and truly there is a God that judges on the earth, and in heaven too. We therefore come to you, believing that you are, and that you are the powerful and bountiful one.

    Who is a God like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Who in the heavens can be compared to you?"

    (Excerpt taken Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. God wanted me to be a day behind in the readings, because I really needed to hear this today!

    All I can say is that I am so grateful that I now have Jesus! Amen! 

     

  3. This was the psalm I read alone, to myself, the morning of my baptism at Quidnessett Baptist Church in 2000, when I was afraid of sharing my testimony in front of the congregation before being baptized. To this day, one of my favorite passages of scripture. 

    Today I filled the columns of my Bible with notes and highlights. The one I will share here is for Psalm 139:7-12:

    7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
        Or where shall I flee from your presence?
    8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
        If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
    9 If I take the wings of the morning
        and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    10 even there your hand shall lead me,
        and your right hand shall hold me.
    11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
        and the light about me be night,”
    12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
        the night is bright as the day,
        for darkness is as light with you.

    No matter where I am, no matter my circumstances, no matter what I am facing or walking through, God has His hand on me and will lead me through it or out of it.

    I am reminded this morning of the story in Daniel 3:1-30 of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah), who saw no way out of their circumstance — being bound and thrown in a furnace — unless they would bow down and worship the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had built. Refusing to worship any but God, they were thrown into a furnace so hot it killed the soldiers standing near it. But God was with them in that furnace — even seen by the witnesses gathered there! — and they came out the other side. 

    I have nothing to fear, and certainly not when I am listening to and obeying God. He loves me, and I am His. 

    Because I am His, I can hear and follow Him (John 10:27) in obedience, knowing that even if it seems the darkness is all around me, He can see even what I cannot see. I don't even have to rely on my heart or my intuition, which can lead me astray, because His word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105).  

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