Discovering What Remains

You hem me in , behind and before. Psalm 139:5


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Perfect Knowledge {Psalm 139: 3-4}

You search out my path and my lying down

And are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue

Behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

 

Again, we see David praise the perfect knowledge of God. We know that God is perfect, but can you wrap your mind around the concept of what it means to have perfect knowledge?

I don’t know if I could ever fully understand the magnitude of perfect knowledge. But what I do know is that nothing can be hidden from perfect knowledge. How often do we hide things? Everyone has secrets in our earthly world. But with God, there are no secrets. Not only does God know our ways, He also knows our secrets.

Friends, what are you hiding? Confess it to God. Even though He already knows, you’ve still got to talk to Him. It’s not an option. We sin and we confess, it is the nature of our beautiful relationship with God.

 

 

 


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Search and Discern {Psalm 139: 1-2}

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

 

God has perfect and complete knowledge of us. He knows everything. And when I say everything, I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Two words struck me—search and discern.

Search is defined as to ‘try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly.’  Do you ever feel like some people just don’t take the time to understand you, get where you’re coming from, or just think you’re weird? Anyone? Just me? Awesome.  Well, not God.  He has searched us, thoroughly.  Which is why He knows us on the surface all the way to the deepest depths of our soul.  And even when He finds things that are not pleasing to Him, He remains.

Discern is defined as ‘to perceive or recognize.’  If knowing the depths of our soul wasn’t enough, God also discerns our thoughts…from afar!  Even in the times when we struggle to find the words to express how we feel or something we have gone through, we don’t have to even verbally tell Him.  He just knows.  Period.

So the next time you’re feeling alone, misunderstood, or maybe just a bit weird, turn to God.  He know you, and loves you.  And that will never change.


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Praises

Psalms Fun Facts

-book of Psalms is a collection of religious poems that were originally individual pieces of writing

-psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments

-also known as the Sepher Tehilliam, or the Book of Praises because almost every psalm has some sort of praise to God

-types of psalms include: psalms of lament, songs of praise, royal psalms, and wisdom psalms

 

Psalm 139

Psalm 139, generally attributed to David, is a vivid celebration of the omniscience and omnipresence of God. There is, perhaps, no other place in scripture where the bigness of God is so fully expressed as it is in this psalm. One scholar wrote, “Both in loftiness of thought and in expressive beauty of language, Psalm 139 stands preeminent, and it is not surprising that it has been called ‘the crown of the Psalms’”.

Throughout the psalm, David is reacting to God’s omniscience with awesome wonder—it is beyond his comprehension and too sublime to comprehend.

Psalm 139 can be divided into four parts:

God knows all about us (1-6)

We cannot hide from God (7-12)

God created (made) us (13-18)

David prays about his enemies and himself (19-24)

 

I don’t think I will EVER be able to fully wrap my mind around the fact that God knows every single thing about me. Every single thought, hair on my head, desire of my heart, and plan for my future. Can you imagine someone knowing you that well AND still loving you unconditionally? God is so big that He knew on October 2, 2014 at 9:15pm, I would be sitting here, exhausted, but pressing into this challenge to write for 31 days about Psalm 139. He knew what came before October 2, 2014, and He knows what where I will be and what I will be doing this time next year. He also knows that as I type this, I’m begging Him to just whisper in my ear or send up some smoke signals to show me what He’s got in store for me because I’m dying to know!  And even in my inpatient ways to know and try and control my future, He still loves me.

 

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?  declares the Lord.  Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 23:24


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31 Days in Psalm 139

As per usual, last minute I decided I wanted to take part in The Nester’s 31 Days writing challenge.  And as per usual, I’m unprepared for this last minute commitment, but I’m really excited about exploring Psalm 139.  For many reasons, Psalm 139 has ministered to me throughout life–reasons I hope to explore during these 31 days.

There will be grace days.  And with everything going on in my life, I’m sure I will constantly be unprepared, posting last minute, and maybe even late.  But isn’t that what grace is precisely for?

So, Lord willing, tomorrow I’ll dive into Psalm 139.  Join me?

 

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I AM

I am from a corner lot, towering oak trees, and catching fireflies in mason jars at dusk.
I am from clear blue swimming pools and the smell of freshly cut grass.
I am from swirling fans overhead in the summer and roaring fires in the winter.
I am from Ford trucks and silly family pictures taped to the refrigerator.

I am from ‘it is what it is’, and ‘it WILL be okay’.
I am from ‘I love you’ and ‘call me when you get there’.
I am from ‘I miss you’ and ‘come home’.
I am from It is Well with My Soul.

I am from Daddy’s blonde hair and blue grey eyes.
I am Daddy’s baby girl, his stubborn and determined baby girl.
I am from bear hugs and never ending love.
I am from strength and the rock of my family, now gone.
I am from mistakes and finding the courage to start over.

I am from Sunday roast and football.
I am from beach trips and cross country adventures.
I am from Griswold Christmas lights, and from watching It’s a Wonderful Life.
I am from honor, loyalty, and from hard truths.

I am from Texas and I am McCoy.


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Blogs YOU need to know

I’m jumping in again with Bailey Jean’s Blog-tember Challenge today!

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Today’s prompt: Introduce us to 5 blogs you read on the regular, and tell us why!

 

LEGACY OF BEAUTY

Kelly is one of the most authentic women I know, and I am blessed to call her my friend.  Wise beyond her years, Kelly shares her journey through grief, her passion for all things Paleo and essential oils.  In addition to being a brilliantly eloquent writer, Kelly is a published author to four books, including The Tie that Binds, which has quite simply gripped my heart.

 

PEARLS AND PICKET FENCES

My dear friend Laura weaves stories from her daily life with powerful life lessons, wisdom and biblical truths.  Her heart and passion for the Lord and her beautiful family breathe life and love into every word she writes–she also has an incredibly wicked sense of humor : )

 

A HOLY EXPERIENCE

I don’t believe I can find the words to describe the impact that Ann Voskamp has had on me, my faith, and the millions of people she has reached.  I first read One Thousand Gifts in the thick of my dad’s cancer battle.  During a time when it would have been so easy to be ungrateful for everything that was thrown at my family, Ann helped me count each and every precious gift from God.  No matter how small, I counted it.  And I’m still counting.

 


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Mars Hill

I’m jumping in again with Bailey Jean’s Blog-tember Challenge today!

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Today’s prompt: Tell a tale of traveling, a city or country you’ve been to or a favorite vacation

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I have a traveler’s soul, and I’ve been immensely blessed to have traveled the world.  I still dream of dropping everything to just travel the world, experience different cultures, and immerse myself in the beauty of this world that our God graciously created.

This past May, I finally took my mom to Europe.  Prior to May, I had been to Europe 4 times, yet at 60 my mom had never been out of the country.  It was her turn, and I was of course more than happy to accompany her : )

Our trip began in Rome, took us down to Pompeii, over to Athens, and through the Greek Islands and Turkey. We were a part of a tour group affiliated with Liberty University. This particular tour focused on many biblically historic sites—Corinth, Ephesus, Rome, the Catacombs, Patmos, Crete, and of course (my favorite) The Vatican.

Greece was new to me. I had never traveled this far south in Europe, but was anxious to check it off my travel bucket list. The Acropolis was especially important to me given my BA in Art History.

Before ascending the steep uphill climb to the famed Acropolis, we climbed Mars Hill.  After marveling at the view, our group gathered and read from Acts 17:22-31.  Reading from the word of God while standing in the exact spot Paul stood where he was in direct view of the pagan temple, and implored the Athenians to believe in the one true God was unbelievably moving.

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After reading from Scripture, we stopped and worshiped God on Mars Hill singing the hymn How Great Thou Art. {click on ‘Mars Hill’ for a link to the video posted on YouTube}

For those few minutes the rest of the world faded away as we stood in awe of God’s magnificent creation.

You don’t have to be in foreign lands to marvel at the magnificence of God.  But its these places, and these memories that I turn to when I begin to feel doubt creep in.  They serve as a reminder of how great God truly is.

 

—-a close runner up was this magnificent view of God’s eternal promise on the ride down from Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland—-

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