KPRD’s Light on with Will Fadenrecht
“What a Great God We Worship and Serve”
To help you understand the message of this devotional you need to first read Psalm 139. In our last devotional we noted from the first six verses that we have a great God from whom we cannot hide. He knows everything about us, even our thoughts before they come to be. He is an all-knowing God.
As we continue in Psalm 139 we see that this wonderful God is everywhere present. No wonder you can’t hide from Him because even the darkness is light to Him.
The question is asked, Where can I flee from your presence? As you read on you see there is no place that you can get away from God. In this we can find great comfort because it means we are never alone. A person can be in a crowd and yet feel alone. But God’s presence is so close all the time. For one who has accepted Jesus as Savior, God is present right within his life. Jesus said “surely I am with you always”. (Matthew 28:20)
David Livingstone, who went all alone as a missionary into the uncharted depths of Africa, came back wounded, worn and weary after 16 years among a people whose language he didn’t know, but said he was never alone. He said, “Shall I tell you what supported me through all those years of loneliness among a people I couldn’t understand and who often were hostile toward me. It was this, Lo I am with you always, says the Lord.”
So when we are facing trials and problems, remember we have an all-knowing God right with us. What an encouragement!
But on the other hand, neither can we run and hide from God. Adam & Eve couldn’t. Jonah tried and failed. God will find us where we are and deal with us as necessary. So we also should be careful how we live. His ever presence should keep us from disobeying Him and sinning.
Then Psalm 139:13-22 shows us we have an all-wise God. First it is seen in how He designed and formed us even in our mother’s womb (vs. 13-15). It is He who put us together like a person embroidering a design on a piece of fabric. “He knit us together”. What an amazing body we have with all the nerves, ligaments and muscles working together so we can function. All the organs have a special function so we can exist. God did all that with his great wisdom.
But even more he planned and determined our days even before we were formed (vs. 16). He has set the events and days of our lives, yet we have a choice to follow Him or reject Him. But as an all-wise God, He knows the choices we’ll make. He has great plans for us and so let us look to him for guidance. Jeremiah 29:11
In vs. 19-22 we see the all-wise God dealing with wickedness and sin. There are those who hate and reject Him and God as a righteous God must judge them. He would rather they repent and come to Jesus for salvation, but if they don’t He has to deal with them justly.
The Psalm ends with a response to such a fantastic God. We ask him to search us and make sure we are right with Him. This is not an easy prayer but at times we need to go through the fiery furnace to burn off the dross and let Him purify our lives.
What a great God worthy of praise for who He is and what He does. This Psalm should make us to stop and worship Him.