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A Devo From Scot - Psalm 139

Dear Church,

The eloquence and historical impact of Psalm 139 is remarkable enough to constitute as famous - biblically legendary. It hardly needs a lengthy introduction, so I simply invite you to read it today. Hopefully more than once.

You’ll notice first it is a psalm of David, the second in a string of eight Davidic psalms here at the end of the entire collection of worship and prayer songs. If you are familiar with David’s tone, it reads as very much from his hand, from his heart, in my opinion.

As you read it, slow down. I also want to encourage you to do a little translation work by translating each verse into a prayer - either a request or an offering of thanksgiving. The words of this psalm are profoundly personal and supremely theological at the same time, confirming what many still doubt or denounce: the study of God - theology - is and should be deeply affective. Theology is not a bad thing. Nor is it sterile or lifeless when handled properly. Psalm 139 proves that theology is powerfully devotional.

The first section of the psalm is very personal and focuses on God’s interaction with you, the individual person. The second section, verses 7-12, celebrates the limitless presence and knowledge of God. The third section, verses 13-16, glories in the intimacy of God’s creative power and insight. The final section of verses brings all of these themes together in a worshipful celebration of God’s character and action.

Perhaps the whole experience of Psalm 139 is encapsulated in the contrast between the very first verse and the last two verses of the song. “O LORD, You have searched me and known me…” and then, “Search me, O God, and know my heart.” Similar words, but profoundly different tone and power. The truth of God doesn’t just inform - it also invites us to engage Him, to draw near to Him, to live in His truth.

I pray the incredible Psalm 139 is a refreshing blessing to you today.

I love you church,

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