We are finding so much wisdom packed in this Psalm 139 series! There are so many comforting reminders if you struggle with fear, body image issues, feeling unwanted or unnoticed. You can read more of what I share about the comforting reminders of Psalm 139 in our first blog of the month, 5 Tips for Praying Psalm 139 Over Your Life. You can also read in our second blog of the month, How to Use Discomfort for Good, the Reminders of God’s omniscience, that He knows all and sees all. The verses 1-5 offer reassurance that even discomfort can be useful.
But did you realize that the passages can also give comfort and reassurance when seeking Him for direction?
HE is All Knowing and All Powerful; He is our Creator, carefully designing each intricate detail of our being and He is the Author of our first day and our last. Verses are sprinkled throughout Psalm 139 that remind us that He is also our Companion! No matter how far or wide or deep or high I traveled, there is nowhere we can go that He is not already there! And also in verse 10 “even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold onto me…”
The future often looks dark and uncertain to me, but verse 12 reminds me “even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.”
Psalm 139: 7-12 can not only be turned into a prayer and prayed back to the Lord, but just speaking these verses aloud can speak Truth and reassurance to my fears: “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea. Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be (the only) light about me. Even the darkness hides nothing from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
Psalm 139: 23 & 24 can be used as a prayer as well, asking the Holy Spirit to sort through our motives and intentions. We aren’t always the best judge of our own heart, but He is! “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”
All of these verses bring reassurance to my heart and mind, especially when I am praying for direction. I’ve often asked Him to make my heart, my mind and my desires line up with His. Basically, to make me want what He wants for me! And to give me a distaste for anything that is not of Him.
One of my favorite tools for seeking direction, whether it is for myself or for someone else is shareable cards, cards that have verses on them, that I can keep on hand for myself or to share with others along my way. We offer many varieties and designs of "shareables", but by far the best option, is our Seed Packet of Shareables. This subscription option includes several shareable cards and notecards for you to either keep or share to spread seeds of truth and encouragement along your way!
There is one other verse I like to meditate on when seeking direction.
Many years ago, I had a “lightbulb” moment when I heard a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon about Psalm 37: 3 & 4 which reads, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.”
The Believer’s Bible Commentary describes Trust as “a deep, abiding reliance on God.” Think of it as abiding or dwelling with God, and not wandering outside of God for fulfillment. When I heard Dr Stanley say (this is very loosely paraphrased) “if you will focus on finding delight in God and what He has given you… He will cause your desires to line up with what He desires for you and in His good time, He will give you the desires of your heart”, it felt like a tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulders! I told myself, “Stop being like the cow that always wants the grass outside of the fence, feed on His goodness right here and now. Stay focused on Him. He will provide and will point out the way!”