WEEKLY SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON
An international Sunday school lesson commentary
For Sunday November 28, 2010
FOLLOW YOUR CREATOR
(Invite GOD to lead you in HIS way)
Psalm 139 reminds us of how well GOD knows us and cares for us as HIS special creation. HE knows the thousands of thoughts that go through our heads on a daily basis, and, HE knows them before we think them. HE knows what we are going to say, even before the words roll off our tongues and lips, and HE knows also, the motivation, be it pure or impure, behind what we say.
King David meditated often upon the sovereignty and power of the ALMIGHTY GOD he served, and he often called on GOD to apply HIS truth to the wicked, as well as to himself. He was a man after GOD’s OWN heart, and so he often petitioned GOD to examine his heart, and to lead him into all righteousness.
Psalm 139 is one of those times of meditation by David on GOD’s greatness. In it, we find David sharing with us, his thoughts and his reverence for GOD’s omniscience (all-knowingness) in verses 1-6, HIS omnipresence (ability to be everywhere at the same time) in verses 7-12, and HIS omnipotence (all-powerfulness) in verses 13-18. This psalm has four distinct strophes, or stanzas that contain six verses each, and its overall message progresses significantly from one stanza to the next. Walk with me now as we examine each stanza a little closer in an attempt to increase our spiritual growth and knowledge.
In verses 1-6, David writes of GOD’s penetrating advance knowledge of everything that a man thinks and does, and how GOD knows it, even before he thinks about it, or, actually does it. Here David expresses the same attitude that Hagar did, after she had fled from Abraham’s house, and then realized, while sitting at the well, that was later called Beer-lahairoi (located between Kadesh and Bered), that her GOD is “the GOD WHO sees me” (Genesis 16:13). David also realized that the knowledge of GOD is far too great for human comprehension, or, for the human mind to contain.
In verses 7-12, David shifts gears, as he begins to meditate on GOD’s ability to be all places at all times. Here David gives us a vivid description of GOD’s inescapable presence. He tells us that no place is high enough or low enough, to escape GOD’s presence. No place is deep enough, or wide enough to overreach the SPIRIT of the ALMIGHTY GOD, and, not even darkness can hide us from HIS presence.
In verses 13-18, David shifts yet again as he ponders on GOD’s breathe-taking, life-giving power to create the human existence, and then, allow it to be procreated and duplicated, through the miracle of childbirth, and, have the life of each individual already planned out, minute by minute, before, they are ever conceived in the womb. GOD then remains with us, and sustains us through the life that HE has given us.
In verses 19-22, David petitions GOD to destroy his wicked enemies, who are also enemies of GOD HIMSELF. Apparently, these enemies of David had been taking the name of the LORD, his GOD, in vain, and David believed that he should have nothing to do with those who hated GOD. He then ends this, now famous, psalm with what are perhaps, its most famous verses. They are the words contained in verses 23-24, where David writes, “Search me, O GOD, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (KJV).
Rick Warren wrote in his book “The Purpose Driven Life” that, “While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: Heaven and Hell. Your relationship to GOD on earth will determine your relationship to HIM in eternity. If you learn to love and trust GOD’s SON, JESUS, you will be invited to spend the rest of eternity with HIM. On the other hand, if you reject HIS love, forgiveness, and salvation, you will spend eternity apart from GOD, forever”.
GOD knows us, and HE loves us, and, HE wants us to get to know and love HIM. If we take the time to do that, while here on earth, HE will grant us time eternally to be with HIM in Heaven. And remember, GOD does not send anyone to Hell, but rather, it is by our rejection of HIM, through our failure to accept CHRIST, in our hearts, that we ourselves, choose to go.
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Larry D. Alexander
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