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In Awe of God

Now that we have a better understanding of who God is in our lives, I thought it would be nice to do some devotionals on how God sees us.  Let’s take time to explore Psalm 139 this week and find out what God has for us.  Please try to read Psalm 139 every day and find out what God wants to say to you in a personal way.  I pray that you will come to understand the richness of God’s grace and His amazing love for you this week.

If you missed the devotionals from last week on the Names of God, you can find them here:

Many Hats

Jehovah Jireh, My Provider

Jehovah Rapha, My Healer

Jehovah Shalom, My Peace

Let’s take a look at why Psalm 139 was written and tomorrow we will begin our study verse by verse through it!

1.  What is the theme?

The Psalmist is meditating on four of the most incredible attributes of God.  He is taking time to celebrate who God is.  God is all-knowing (Omniscient), God is all-present (Omnipresent), God is all-powerful (Omnipotent), and God is all-holy.

2.  Who is the author?

This Psalm was written by David.  David was known as the man after God’s own heart!  David was a true worshiper and through the words of this Psalm, we see the heart of worship David displayed.

After removing Saul, he made David their king.  He testified concerning him:  “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”  ~Acts 13:22

3.  What is the background?

This is a wisdom psalm.  It reveals David’s awe of God.  The background is uncertain, but this Psalm is thought to be a plea for God to search David’s innocence.  Perhaps David was accused of something and he went to God to prove his innocence!  We can all learn a lesson from this.  It is better to search the heart of God and His infinite knowledge to prove our innocence!

“Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”  ~Isaiah 40:28

4.  What is the structure?

Stanza 1 (vs. 1-6) ~ God is All-Knowing (Omniscient).  David is overwhelmed at all that God knows about him.

Stanza 2 (vs. 7-12) ~ God is All-Present (Omnipresent).  David acknowledges that God is always with him.  He is overcome by these thoughts!

Stanza 3 (13-18) ~ God is All-Powerful (Omnipotent).  David is amazed at God’s precision.  God created him and has ordained the number of his days.

Stanza 4 (19-24) ~ God is All-Holy.  David makes an appeal to God to destroy his adversaries.  Then he asks God to reexamine his heart for any wrong motive!

5.  What can we learn from Psalm 139?

We will find that God is infinite in wisdom, yet intimate in the details of our lives.  We will explore God’s heart for us and learn just how much he cares for each one of us.

Dear Father God, I pray this week will be one of renewed vision.  May we see You in a new light.  May we find ourselves in awe at all that You have done and continue to do.  May we celebrate the fact that You know every detail and love us all the same!  May we find ourselves embraced in Your love and renewed with Your strength!

In Awe of God,

7 replies
    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      Thank you Susan! It’s great to receive your encouragement. I pray God uses these devotionals in great ways on your site!

      In God’s Grip of Grace,

  1. Dave
    Dave says:

    You feature a very good meditation. Your prayer is very good also: “May we see You in a new light.”

    There are some verses which refer to seeing God: Heb. 12:14 without holiness no man shall see God and Matt. 5:8 that the pure in heart shall see God

    John Gill commentates: (https://bible.cc/matthew/5-8.htm)

    for they shall see God; in this life, enjoying communion with him, both in private and public, in the several duties of religion, in the house and ordinances of God; where they often behold his beauty, see his power and his glory, and taste, and know, that he is good and gracious: and in the other world, where they shall see God in Christ, with the eyes of their understanding; and God incarnate, with the eyes of their bodies, after the resurrection; which sight of Christ, and God in Christ, will be unspeakably glorious, desirable, delightful, and satisfying; it will be free from all darkness and error, and from all interruption; it will be an appropriating and transforming one, and will last for ever.

    The word see is taken too many times in a literal, physical way. The Bible is a spiritual book about the spiritual life.

    You feature good content. Continue to walk in the spirit (above sin).

    I John 2:1 states:
    if any man sin… this clearly implies that God’s people are to live above sin. The stories of Achan of the O.T. and Annias of the N.T highlight this truth.

    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thank you for added wisdom to this post! May God continue to guide and strengthen you in His ways!

      In God’s Grip of Grace,


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