This is part six of a six-part, six-week series based on Psalm 139:13-18.
Well, here we are at the final verse in this series. Psalm 139:18b is the source of this week’s installment. There, the psalmist David wrote, "And when I wake up, you are still with me!" (New Living Translation)
I said last week that verses 17-18a were some of my favorites in this entire passage, and they may be my absolute favorites if not for 18b. Whether through life experience, through Scripture teaching, through prophets or otherwise, God had impressed upon David, "And when you wake up, I am still with you!"
Hallelujah! What an awesome thing to know! No matter what we do, no matter where we go, we can be confident that when we lay our head down at night, God will be waiting for us when we arise in the morning. The image of a proud, loving father sitting next to his baby’s crib comes to my mind. Remember, He will never leave you or forsake you.
Matthew Henry commented that David’s words here, what he knew, speaks to "the continual devout sense [he] had of the eye of God upon him." If we can develop this sense as David did and know that God is with us always, then maybe we will think of Him more often just as He is thinking of us. If we recognize that He is by our side when we awake in the morning, maybe our first thoughts will be of Him. And if so, then what might the rest of our day look like? Would our behavior be adjusted? Would our emotions be adjusted?
While you’re thinking about that, just remember the most important thing: God is with you. Have you abandoned Him lately? He is still with you. Have you offended Him lately? He is still with you. Have you never acknowledged Him? Guess what, He is still with you, waiting to be acknowledged.
I’ve written it before here, and I can’t help but write it again: what an awesome God we serve!
Blessings to you.