Psalms 139* God knows all things. (1-6) He is every where present. (7-16)The psalmist's hatred to sin, and desire to be led aright.(17-24)1-6 God has perfect knowledge of us, and all our thoughts andactions are open before him. It is more profitable to meditateon Divine truths, applying them to our own cases, and withhearts lifted to God in prayer, than with a curious or disputingframe of mind. That God knows all things, is omniscient; that heis every where, is omnipresent; are truths acknowledged by all,yet they are seldom rightly believed in by mankind. God takesstrict notice of every step we take, every right step and everyby step. He knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk toward,what company we walk with. When I am withdrawn from all company,thou knowest what I have in my heart. There is not a vain word,not a good word, but thou knowest from what thought it came, andwith what design it was uttered. Wherever we are, we are underthe eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find how Godsearches us out; nor do we know how we are known. Such thoughtsshould restrain us from sin. 7-16 We cannot see God, but he can see us. The psalmist did notdesire to go from the Lord. Whither can I go? In the mostdistant corners of the world, in heaven, or in hell, I cannot goout of thy reach. No veil can hide us from God; not the thickestdarkness. No disguise can save any person or action from beingseen in the true light by him. Secret haunts of sin are as openbefore God as the most open villanies. On the other hand, thebeliever cannot be removed from the supporting, comfortingpresence of his Almighty Friend. Should the persecutor take hislife, his soul will the sooner ascend to heaven. The gravecannot separate his body from the love of his Saviour, who willraise it a glorious body. No outward circumstances can separatehim from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy inany situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer. 17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep,such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies wehave received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear ofthe Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, ourfirst thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and blessour God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the worldof glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses,which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments ofunrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational soulsare a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were notfor his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and ourliving for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion ofour eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate onGod's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceedsall reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all whofear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them;with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As theLord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, weshould earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved byhis word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let mesee it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness ispleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end ineverlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desireto be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turnout of it, or tire in it
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018