Tehillim / Psalms 139, ספר תהילים קלט, Part 2, Coming to know Ourselves is the End Result of the Mitzvot


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 139:1-24, the Psalm states, ו פְּלִאָיה [פְּלִיאָה] דַעַת מִמֶּנִּי נִשְֹגְּבָה לֹא-אוּכַל לָהּ: ז אָנָה אֵלֵךְ מֵרוּחֶךָ וְאָנָה מִפָּנֶיךָ אֶבְרָח: ח אִם-אֶסַּק שָׁמַיִם שָׁם אָתָּה וְאַצִּיעָה שְּׁאוֹל הִנֶּךָּ: ט אֶשָּׂא כַנְפֵי-שָׁחַר אֶשְׁכְּנָה בְּאַחֲרִית יָם: י גַּם-שָׁם יָדְךָ תַנְחֵנִי וְתֹאחֲזֵנִי יְמִינֶךָ: 139:5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 139:8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 139:9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 139:10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. (NASB) The power of God is that His presence goes with us wherever we may go, do, or find ourselves in. The psalmist says even darkness will not overcome us (139:11), the Lord knows all, he formed us (139:13) and we are wonderfully made. Our mothers womb is called a place of secrecy the Lord created us (139:15), and the Lord has a book in which our names are written (139:16). The Lord’s thoughts about us are unimaginable (139:17-18). The psalmist concludes saying, 139:19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 139:20 For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain. 139:21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 139:22 I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 139:24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (NASB) We serve an awesome God! Read more here: Tehillim 139-Part1-and-2