Psalm 139
You know me; I cannot hide; show me my evil ways

God is all knowing and present everywhere. He forms humans in the womb.
God will slay the wicked. The psalmist will hate them as enemies of God.
.1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
.2  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
 3  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
 4  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
 5  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
 6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
   2 - My thought This is a special blessing. It means that He hears our silent prayers. Satan does not have this privilege although we too often provide plenty of clues. Compare v23. Certainly Satan would have wanted to know the dream of Nebuchadnezzar da0201. The Astrologers and and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans were the leaders of the Babylonian false religion who worked in concert with the powers of darkness. Knowing the dream, the thoughts that God had given the king, Satan could have impressed his agents but he didn't know the dream. God revealed it to Daniel who explained it to the king.
   We are responsible to control our thoughts. Silent prayer and determination to use God's power to escape temptation bring victory 2co1005.
.7 ¶ Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
.8  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
 9  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
 10  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
.11  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
 12  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
 13  For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
   As our greatest desire is to please our Maker, we will rejoice in sensing the divine presence. Knowing the presence of the holy angels will help us walk in the path of God's choosing.
  7 - Where can I flee from your presence? Would we want to? Only if we wanted to escape judgment for evil behavior. ge0310, da0413.
  8 - Bed in hell See on pr1511.
  13 - In the womb A sobering thought when considering abortion.
 14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
 15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 16  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
  14 - Fearfully and wonderfully made And David knew only a tiny fraction of what we know today. I often think of the "wonderfully" part of this verse. What does "fearfully made" mean? I'll let you meditate on this.
 17 ¶ How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
 18  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
 19  Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
 20  For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
.21  Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
 22  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
  21 - Hate them Jesus told us to love our enemies mt0533f. Here it is a "perfect hatred." This we may understand to mean not in harmony with them while caring about their happiness and their souls. Hating someone usually means a feeling of anger wanting to hurt them. Satanic agencies can give us these temptations which we must pray to escape. We see by verse 23, that this "perfect hatred" is not David's idea. The concept of "perfect" or appropriate "hatred" helps us understand God's wrath and His hating Esau mal0103.
   Here I see hatred not as anger against evil people but a sense of their wickedness and zeal for the name of the Lord. If they are God's enemies, David says they will be his, too.
.23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
 24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
  A powerful prayer. It is not enough to slide along waiting for God to reprove us. We need to seek His righteousness. Compare ps03524.
  As in v2, we see that our thoughts may be known by God. No such statement is made about the forces of evil. 


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