Psalms of Gratitude

Day 12: You Hem Me In

Psalm 139:1-24

There will be times when you feel like God has forgotten you.

My wife and I recently had a really hard couple of years. We have dealt with a lot of loss, death, and transition in a short amount of time. I know what it feels like to be tempted to believe God has forgotten you.

In the first 12 verses of Psalm 139, we are reminded of truth that is stronger than our feelings. God is all-knowing, so He has not forgotten us.

The brokenness of this world does not mean God is blind. His silence does not mean He is absent. He is faithful and at work, even when His purpose is beyond what I am capable of seeing.

“Even the darkness is not dark to You,” the psalmist says in verse 12. Even in the depths of my sin and rebellion, or my trials and circumstances, He has not abandoned me. He is with me. God is close to me when I am walking with Him in the light of the gospel, and He is just as close when I have fallen, the stain of shame causing me to hide. I am never beyond His reach. Verse 10 assures us of this promise: “even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold onto me.”

Verses 13-18 of the Psalm tell us that our all-knowing, ever-present God is also the One who made us and gave us life. We are more than just a passing thought to Him.

Many times my circumstances eclipse my faith. When something happens that I didn’t see coming, I often cannot find purpose in it. This Scripture reminds me that the Lord has been at work from the very beginning. He made me for a purpose and He is at work, even when I may not see how or understand why (Ephesians 2:10).

The last verses of the Psalm (vs.19-24) proclaim the justice and sovereignty of God. An all-knowing God who can see the hearts and intentions of a man is also a God who judges fairly. We can trust God’s judgment so much that the psalmist calls us to invite it: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way” (vs. 23-24).

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). You are on God’s mind. He knows your days as well as the trouble that may fill them. He is all-knowing, faithful, and strong. This psalm is a poem to our hearts that God has us, no matter what. Rest in that.

written by Britton Sharp