Sep 2, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 20 | Psalms 139

30 for 30 Day 20 | Psalms 139

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on Psalms 139

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.  5 You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand, When I awake, I am still with you.  19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!  Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!  20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misused your name.  21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord, and abhor those who rise up against you?  22 I have nothing but hatred for them;  I count them my enemies.  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Questions:

What was the Key Verse, the one that jumped off the page at you?

Verse 12 was the Key Verse for me . . .  “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you”.  We as Christians need to the be the “light” in the darkness of the world.  I personally have been trying to put this into practice by trying to be the “light” at my work place.  Up until recently, my co-workers probably thought of me as a nice person, but not as a christian.  They probably never connected the dots as to the reason why I act the way that I do.  If we don’t share our faith,  if we don’t spell it out for them, how would they know?  How much do you have to hate someone not to share what you have experienced, the overwhelming relationship that you have with God?  As uncomfortable as it can be, i is time to stop being politically correct and share what you believe.

Are there any New Thoughts about God?

God gives us the strength and power to be the light surrounded by darkness.

 

As always, would love to hear your thoughts….Leave a Comment

  1. Indeed, our lives should be a testimony to the world of our love for Christ. However, I think the temptation is always there to just let our lives speak to others in place of ever actually opening our mouths and professing His name to those we come in contact with. Unfortunately, there are many people that God puts in our path only for a moment and to expect that they will just naturally make the connection between our actions and our beliefs is not reasonable. I think that the tendency to lean on our actions rather than our words comes from fear of what others will think of us or the fear that we don't know enough to speak it. Never the less, we are called to make disciples of men. Let us pray that the Lord will bless us with the courage and knowledge to do just that, in word and deed.

  2. kinda reminds me of a saying. ' Lord, let me teach and share You with others….and sometimes let me use my mouth to do it.' Lead by example. people will inquire. one cannot force Jesus upon another. think about it….Jesus doesn't force Himself upon us!…thus 'free will'. people 'recognize' Christians, they really do. and that is the starting point of witnessing. they will gravitate toward you and then at some time…the Lord will give an opportunity for you to witness.

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