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2015 June 20

Image 1: Studies of Embryos (1509-1514)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
High Renaissance Style
Royal Library, Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, United Kingdom
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: Human Embryo from a Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy (Detail) - (February 26, 2010)
Dr. Vilas Gayakwad, Photographer
Image Credit: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In Psalm 139 David describes God's understanding and care for him in terms of God's omniscience and his omnipresence. He therefore commands wicked men to depart from him; and he asks God to search him, to know him, and to remove from his heart any wickedness which may be there. Today's images have particular reference to verses 13-16 which speak of God's knowledge and care of the child in the womb.

          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: TYPES OF PSALMS: WISDOM PSALMS. Psalm 1. Psalm 10. Psalm 12. Psalm 15. Psalm 19. Psalm 32. Psalm 34. Psalm 36. Psalm 37. Psalm 49. Psalm 50. Psalm 52. Psalm 53. Psalm 73. Psalm 78. Psalm 82. Psalm 91. Psalm 92. Psalm 94. Psalm 111. Psalm 112. Psalm 119. Psalm 127. Psalm 128. Psalm 133. Psalm 139. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Psalm 139 - #1. Psalm 139 - #2. Psalm 139 - #3. Psalm 139 - #4. Psalm 139 - #5. Psalm 139 - #6. Psalm 139 - #7. Psalm 139 - #8. Psalm 139 - #9. Psalm 139 - #10. Psalm 139 - #11. Psalm 139 - #12. Psalm 139 - #13. Psalm 139 - #14. Psalm 139 - #15. Psalm 139 - #16. Psalm 139 - #17. Psalm 139 - #18. Psalm 139 - #19. Psalm 139 - #20. Psalm 139 - #21. Psalm 139 - #22. Psalm 139 - #23. Psalm 139 - #24. Psalm 139 - #25. Psalm 139 - #26. Psalm 139 - #27. Psalm 139 - #28. ]

     David speaks to the LORD, acknowledging that the LORD has searched him and known him (1). The LORD knows when he sits or stands; he understands his thoughts from far away; he surrounds him wherever he goes; and he hears every word that comes out of his mouth. He is behind him and in front of him; and he has laid his hand upon him (2-5). Such knowledge is too amazing for David to comprehend (6). He can go nowhere from God's Spirit and his presence. If he goes to heaven, to hell, or to the uttermost parts of the sea, even there God's hand will lead him and hold him (7-10). Darkness cannot cover him; it is like light to God (11-12). God was with him in his mother's womb, holding and covering him (13). He is fearfully and wonderfully made by God's marvelous skill (14). David's substance (frame, power) was not hid from God when he was made in secret, in the depths, as it were, of the earth. And before his parts were formed God knew them and recorded them in his book (15-16). God's thoughts toward David are more than the grains of sand -- uncountable; and, when David awakes, God is still with him (17-18). Having said these things, David then turns his thoughts toward the wicked. In prayer he acknowledges that God will surely slay the wicked; so he commands bloody men to depart from him because they speak against God wickedly and take his name in vain (19-20). David hates those who hate God; he is grieved with those who rise up against God; he hates them with a perfect (complete) hatred; he considers them his enemies (21-22). David closes his Psalm by asking the God who knows him so thoroughly and guards him so completely to search him, to know his heart, to try him, to know his thoughts, and to see if there is any wicked way in him, and to lead him in the everlasting way (23-24).



Psalms 107-150.

Psalm 139

1 To the chief Musician, [Transposed To Psalm 138 ] *

1 A Psalm of David. *

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

1 To the chief Musician, [Transposed From Psalm 140:1 ] *

* NOTE: On Opening and Closing Comments in the Psalms.
[Some commentators take the Psalm in Habakkuk 3 to be a standard model for the Psalms.
Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
I have arranged similar material, where it is found in the Psalter, in accord with the model in Habakkuk.]

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