Psalm 139 will reveal to you what God thinks you are worth! Those who search for self-worth should read this and come to our Heavenly Father through Jesus and find their worth in Him!
God sees His people as precious! He searches us thoroughly and knows us….where we are and what we think. He is behind us and before us, and has laid His hand on us to keep us and guide us. There is no place where He is not with us! He can even see in darkness. He saw our unformed substance in the womb and all the days of our life were in His book before we were even born.
We are against His enemies who hate the Lord, speak against Him wickedly, and take His name in vain. that grieves us because we so love Him!
Verses 23-24, “Search me thoroughly O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
This so easily applies to our world today as well as when it was written.
Lord, deliver and preserve us from evil and violent men, those who devise trouble in their hearts and gather together to stir up wars. They speak poisonous lies. They try to push us in the wrong direction. The proud snare and trap people.
May the evil words they speak against Your people come on them instead. May their plots and desires against us actually turn and come on them. Let calamity come to them and their evil works.
We can have peace and confidence that the Lord will maintain and secure justice for His believing children, even if they are now poor, needy, and afflicted. Surely, His uncompromisingly righteous will give Him thanks and dwell in His presence…eventurally even face to face.
I think few people would think to pray this prayer with David. Would you request these things from God? This is not asking for worldly prosperity or desired fulfilled, but rather for instruction and training from the Lord!
Lord, set a guard on my mouth.
Incline my thoughts to not agree, compromise, or submit to any evil thing.
Incline me to not be occupied in the deeds of wicked worldly men.
Do not let me eat the dainties and pleasure of the worldly wicked…used to tempt me.
Let the righteous person smite and correct me…for that is a kindness and for my good. It is great anointing oil of which I will not discourage or refuse.
Evil rulers will be slaughtered and end in hell. Let them be snared in their own nets, while I pass over and escape with You…because I love You, keep my eyes focused on You, and trust You.
Psalm 142 is a prayer when in terrible trouble (tribulation)….
Lord, I cry to You and pour out my troubles. I am overwhelmed and fainting in strength. I feel trapped. No person really cares about me. I have no place to hide or flee. Lord, You are my only refuge and help in this world! My persecutors have brought me low…they are stronger than me. Lord, bring me out of this prison.
Yet, I have faith and hope in You. I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You. The righteous will surround me and praise you also. You will deal bountifully with us.
If we really are in the last days before Jesus returns, then we can expect hard persecution. How will we deal with it? This Psalm gives some help.
Go to God and talk with Him. Know that no one can attain righteousness on their own. Jesus has made the way for us to not be judged according to our sins. Jesus ascribes righteousness to us.
The enemy is pursuing, persecuting, and crushing us. He makes us dwell in dark places. It feels numb and overwhelming. Being wrapped in gloom, we feel faint.
We must remember and meditate on God’s good works and His Word….on what we have seen and known of His faithfulness. We turn our focus to thirst for God and surrender ourselves to Him. We remember His loving-kindness and continue to lean on and trust in Him. We lift up our inner self to Him.
Then, we ask Him to teach us His will and show us how and where to walk….the Holy Spirit leading us all the way to His land of righteousness. Save us Lord, and deliver us from all this tribulation. Cut off the enemy and free Your people from all this distress.
The Lord is my Rock and firm strength. He teaches me to stand against and fight the enemy. He is also my refuge, protector, steadfast love, deliverer…my fortress, high tower, and shield.
How amazing that You, Lord, bother with man who is like temporary dust and vanity, when You are so great!
Deliver Your people out of the power of hostile people, those who speak deceit and fraudulent oaths.
You will bring Your people into a good place where Your sons and daughters are beautiful and blessed, there is plenty for all, and there is no more invasion of hostility and evil. Happy and fortunate are the people whose god is the Lord Jesus! All our hope is in Him!
I hope you find time to read this Psalm. While I read it today, I am thinking of all those who were martyred for their love and faithfulness to Father, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Maybe the thoughts expressed in this Psalm are what upheld them. I ask myself, do I have this kind of love and trust in God to think on these things when experiencing the threat of persecution or death? Would I have the thought to offer salvation to an enemy who is killing me?
Every day and in every situation, I love my Lord and am thankful to Him! I will praise Him forever, no matter what!
The Lord’s greatness and wisdom is vast, deep, and unsearchable. Even when I don’t understand, I can trust Him. He is able to overcome and deliver me unto Himself.
I focus my thoughts on Him….His glorious splendor, majesty, and power.
Lord, I will declare Your greatness, Your abundant goodness, Your rightness, Your justice, Your mercy, Your grace, Your compassion, and Your loving-kindness. I will say there is still time to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus! Listen to me. I know the Lord Jesus and love Him. He is eternal resurrection life! He has raised me up and saved me! I can tell you of His glory and power over evil. He will uphold His people in His everlasting kingdom. The Lord is near to all who call on Him. His ways are righteous and just, but His works to save us are full of mercy and grace. If you will also reverently and worshipfully fear Jesus and turn to Him, He will save you too! The Lord preserves all who love Him with eternal life, but the wicked are destroyed.
I will continue to praise the Lord in love and gratefulness. Oh that all people would love and praise the Lord forever!