Psalm 139 is perhaps my favorite Psalms to read when I’m navigating through a life storm. For me, this Psalm provides assurance that God has been with me from the very beginning of my life and knows me better than…anyone.
The New Living Translation (NLT) verses 1 – 13 says:
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
God knows, loves and accepts me completely – PERIOD. When this world tries to chew me up, all I have to do is read this Psalm. In these words I find comfort in knowing God formed me, he understands me, he protects me through the treacherous waves of life, he rejoices with me on every mountain and knows my pain through every single valley. I don’t have to every worry because He loves me UNCONDITIONALLY.
Jesus is my strength, my rock, my peace. There is no situation I face that will ever be too tough for Him. Knowing this simple truth brings a sense of security when everything around me is spinning out of control.
How about you? What is your “go to” verse when times get tough?