This week's focus has been on Psalm 139. The first few verses describe how well God knows us - there is nothing that escapes Him.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord."
Psalm 139: 1-4
And then this morning I was looking at verses 5 & 6:
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain."
Whenever I want to do that, I usually start by checking the verse in the King James Version, because then I can use the words used there to find out the original Hebrew or Greek word they were translated from. Doing that often leads to some interesting insights.
Verse 5 in the King James:
So, I was thinking about what this verse was saying. Would God cause me problems - allow me to be hemmed in by troubles (in a negative way) - for some reason? No! - that does not make sense in the context of the passage. Remember, verse 6 says such knowledge is wonderful - so wonderful it is hard to comprehend!
So I thought about what "besiege" means, and why armies do it. My dictionary defines besiege as: "To surround with military forces to bring about surrender." An army besieges a city by surrounding it, limiting access by others from outside, and then waits for the people within to surrender to the commander of the army. During a siege, the army is fully alert and engaged with the task of bringing about the ultimate victory - the surrender of the people within.
And then I understood.....God, the incredible, all powerful, all knowing, Creator of the universe, who knows you and me so thoroughly - who knows our sins, our failings, our struggles; knows us warts-and-all - HE also CHOOSES us. And He wants me not just to acknowledge Him as Saviour, but to make Him Lord. For this reason, God will besiege us - surround us on all sides and ask us to surrender fully to Him. FOR OUR GOOD!
Isn't that amazing? Isn't that wonderful? God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us - but that's not all! He is so interested in me personally (and you too!) that he is willing to fully engage in our lives, to surround us with His powerful presence, and to wait for our full, unconditional surrender.
Will you say Yes! to God? Will you surrender wholly to Him and make Him Lord of your life once again? Oh what blessings await!
And my song shall ever be,
How marvellous! How wonderful!
Is my Saviour's love for me!