Psalm 139

God's Omnipresence and Omniscience

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 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, [a] 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 [b] 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 misuse 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

It occured to me the other day that the Lord has known me always, even before I consciously knew Him. I was born to a Jewish mother, so according to the Word, that would make me Jewish.  The concept of God in my family was lost with my great-grandfather Jacob (PaPa) who named me in the Synagogue.  My Hebrew name is Sipa Laya (pronounced Tsipa).  Honestly, I like it better than Sue Linda which in Spanish means "your beautiful".  My mom married an Italian man and my maiden name was DiMicco, so my name really means "your beautiful friend".
So, getting on with it, for some reason, unbeknownst to me at the time, I always felt that something was missing from my life. 
I remember going to see movies such as The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, The Robe, even Jesus Christ Superstar and crying my eyes out.
I was not "allowed" to go to a Church so I would sneak out, as a teenager and walk the mile or so to a huge Church and just sit there.
My mom, who is an non-believer, wanted me to go to a Synagogue, if I was seeking some "religion" as she put it.  I did and sat there, saying to myself that there is something missing.
It seems to me that if you call yourself Jewish, you believe in God, but the Jewish people did not accept Jesus as the Messiah. (I always think about the day when He returns - won't they be surprised?)
 So can my mother even call herself Jewish?  That is another blog topic.
So, long story short, I am called a Completed Jew.  I am obedient to God in having "faith" that His son is my Savior, like the Jewish people were supposed to do when Jesus walked the earth.
I felt the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, for many many years before I was literally saved. 
This Psalm is so true. He has always known us and we will be with Him, back Home, as long as we accept His son, Jesus Christ.
What a comfort that is.
Sue -

Comments (12)

On September 25, 2010 at 8:46 PM , watercolors said...

What a beautiful PRAISE Psalm.

Always neat to hear testimonies and you have a great one...a Completed Jew!

Praise the Lord indeed.

On September 25, 2010 at 9:11 PM , Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

One of my absolutely favorite Psalms! My sister-in-law has gone through a lot (bipolar, infertility, etc.) and I recently made her a hand-stamped necklace that says "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" to remind her that God did NOT make a mistake in creating her even when her body isn't functioning the way she needs and wants it to.

We can't always know why we get sick but we do have to know that in the end it will ALL be for God's glory. The devil can try as he might to do evil but in the end God wins!

On September 25, 2010 at 9:57 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Wonderful testimony and Psalm, Sue. Thanks once again for sharing!

On September 26, 2010 at 12:44 AM , Kathleen said...

Wow, Sue - what a great post - I LOVE that Psalm and your testimony is a wonderful example of the grace and glory of our Lord! Thanks so much for sharing that! Prayers going out for you Mom!

On September 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM , ifrog crafter said...

Thank you for sharing your story Sue. It amazes me every day how God works in our lives. <><

On September 26, 2010 at 1:11 PM , myeuropeantouch said...

The one and favorite...I quoted the very same when I was featured on the Christian blog (wordPress).
I sang Sandy Patty's song "Master Piece" which is based on this psalm for the baptism/christening of my girlfriends grand daughter. How special this psalm is!
Thanks for sharing are indeed complete...
Hugs, Monika

On September 26, 2010 at 2:45 PM , geannie bush said...

This is my favorite Psalm. Thank you. Geannie

On September 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Sue, do you believe that parts of this psalm were part of this morning's message. The message was about "what God thinks of the world". The verses quoted were 7-12regarding the futility of trying to hide from God. The story of Jonah was also recounted. Jonah too tried to get faaaar away from God. But God.......

I love it when the Lord hammers in a scripture several times in one day. It's like He's saying: pay attention!!

I think my favorite verse (because I'm a knitter) is #13. In the translation you used it reads "You knit me together....". In the KJV, it reads "thou hast covered me in my mother's womb".. I looked up the word in Hebrew and it means:to entwine (as a screen), by implication, to fence in, cover over, protect, defend, hedge in.... It is so awesome, He is awesome.

On September 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM , ZudaGay said...

Beautiful! One of my favorites. :)

On September 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM , new creationz said...

Thank you for sharing your story Sue! And what an amazing Psalm!

On September 26, 2010 at 9:22 PM , pfd said...

Sue, Wonderful Psalm and thank you for sharing. Completed... that is such a beautiful image. I pray for all God's chosen people would be completed as you.

On September 27, 2010 at 7:36 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Wonderful Psalm and great to hear your story. I pray the same for my Jewish friend.