Read Psalm 139:1-24
A few years ago we went to the Alive Festival in Canal Fulton to listen to contemporary Christian music. As Michael W. Smith began to perform a song titled “Everywhere I go I see you”, he started to recite a prayer from memory. He had no notes to refer to. It was Psalm 139 and he had memorized it and he shared it before he sang. It was a moment I will never forget. You can watch it on YouTube – ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwNVuPOnKdI ) as he has recited it at numerous venues. It is uplifting and inspiring. I went home and the next day I started to read this Psalm regularly and memorize it myself. It is relevant to my everyday life.
I have learned from Psalm 139 that God is always with me. No matter where I go. Even if I am in Hawaii with my wife, Birdie, and we both get an urgent text that a nuclear bomb will be hitting soon (this happened last January – it was a false alarm). This prayer comforted us at the time, and it shows that God is always with me. No matter what.
At the beginning and end of the prayer are examples of God searching for me: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me” (v. 1) and “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (v. 23).
“You are familiar with all my ways” (v.3).
He knows me.
“Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O Lord.” (V.4) This is absolutely amazing. He knows about me.
“If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (v.8). He is with me everywhere I go.
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (v.16). The days of my life were all prepared by God before I lived one day.
“Search me, O God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (v.23). Our dear God can scrape away our anxious thoughts.
“See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (v.24). I want to live in a way that brings honor to you. Point out anything in me that offends you.
“Everywhere I go I see you”.
Take some time today and pray this prayer for yourself! Allow God to assure you of His presence and provision in your life!
7 Day Family Prayer Challenge
DAY 1: PRAY FOR KIDS
Read Mark 10:13-16, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11. God loves kids! He calls them to Himself and calls those who love Him to have a childlike faith. Take time today to pray for the kids in your life – daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or the kids down the street! Ask God to begin to build a foundation for life change in their hearts!