A PRAYER OF AWE AT GOD’S GREATNESS

Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Psalms.  It has been a great comfort to me when the cares of daily life close in around me.  How reassuring to know that I cannot go anywhere or be in any situation that can remove me from God’s loving presence.  I found this version in Halley’s Bible Handbook.

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is light to you.

You knit me together; I am wonderfully and fearfully made. Your works are wonderful. The length of my days were determined by you before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake, I am with you.

Your adversaries misuse your name and speak of you with evil intent.  I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  AMEN