1. O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
5. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10. Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become as night around me,”
12. Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
Personally, I find Psalm 139 to be the loveliest and most profound of all the Psalms. Nowhere else, except in the book of Job, does scripture elucidate the grand scale of Divine knowledge. Nearly every faith-tradition acknowledges that God (or the King of the Gods) is All-knowing and All-seeing. However, many faith-traditions have lost sight of the All-loving nature of Divine knowledge. In verses 9 and 10, the Psalmist makes known the loving intent of God’s vision and knowledge. Even when exiled to the far side of the sea, God’s hand will guide and hold the wayward mortal. For the God of Heaven, knowledge serves to bring about the best outcomes for all of his or her children.
I thank and praise you, Lord Creator —
There is no one who can dare to vie with you!
The darkest emptiness of space is as the day to you.
On wings of night, all other worlds are known to you.
Your vision pierces far beyond all mortal minds!
Mere mortal words cannot begin to celebrate
The grand scale of your knowledge and your wisdom.
All praise and glory to your pure, unspoken name!