PSALM: 139 

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139

Focus Quote:

  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. 

Focusing Questions: How does this scripture connect with your own relationship with God?  Sit with the phrase "Where can I flee from your presence" for a moment, and meditate on the feelings of presence and absence in your life.  Relate that to your relationship with God.