Psalm 139:1-18 (NIV)

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, 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 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.

Psalm 139:2-3 (NRSV) [O Lord,] you know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted wit all my ways.

DEVOTION – Derek Sum Wei Siang (Perak, Malaysia)

I cannot stand being apart from my daughter.  Every little detail about her delights me.  She is only a few days old, and her activities are limited to eating and sleeping.  But still I find myself watching her endlessly.  I do this becasue I love her immensely.  I cannot get enough of looking at her.

The same kind of love is described in Psalms 139.  God watches over us and knows our every move whether we sit, stand, go out, or lie down.  God delights in us.  God loves us and knows details about us like the number of strands of hair on our head (Matt. 10:30).

Psalm 139 is not about a God who is constantly watching us to catch us when we slip up or do something wrong.  Rather, the psalm is about a loving God who, like new parents watching their children, cannot get enough of looking at us.  And it doesn’t stop there, for God came to live among us, to experience life as we do, and to show us the way.  God wants to be intimately involved in our everyday lives.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Knowing how much God loves me, how will I approach this day?

LINK2LIFE:  Go to http://devotional.upperroom.org/blog/to view a picture of Derek and his daughter.

PRAYER: Loving Father, we realize that you love us more than we can imagine and that you long to be a part of our life every day.  We welcome you. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Parents of newborns

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