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Friday, December 2, 2016

PSALM 139

Advent Dec. 2



To the Chief Musician,
Take it away, David!
I do believe at least portions of this Psalm
could be made into  great caroling material!


This is a Psalm on most everyone's favorite list, so I'm checking it twice.  Let's look at it this time through the lens of Christmas, Christ who came as the Holy Thing Begotten...
We'll take it slow since there is so much to see!
Time to break out the Christmas lights!



"O Lord, You have searched me and known me."
This sounds more like a spotlight, a search light!

John 1:1-5 says,

"In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him...
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it."




In that mysterious beginning,

when He was with God,
busy being God, creating things,
God was searching His Son's heart.
They were of one mind.
He would come,
Emanuel,
God with us.
He is the Light
that shines in darkness.
Searching,
Knowing.



Our choice is to walk in the light or run for cover like Adam and Eve did when their sins found them out.  We are about to be frisked by God, searched by Him, which is probably going to be very, very thorough...

"The divine knowledge is extremely thorough and searching;
it is as if he had searched us, as officers search a man for contraband and good,
or pillagers ransack a house for plunder...
It is not here, 'Thou knoweth all things,
but Thou knoweth me.'
It is ever wisdom to lay the truth home to ourselves.
Jehovah and me!
The Lord and poor puny man."
(Charles Spurgeon)

You are known by God
in your innermost being
clear down to your secret places.
He digs deep...



In the original, "Searched," means to dig, and is applied to the search for precious metals.
(Joseph Addison Alexander)

"Surely there is a mine for silver
And a place where they refine gold.
Iron is taken from the dust,
And copper is smelted from rock.
Man puts an end to darkness,
And to the farthest limit he searches out
The rock in gloom and deep shadow.
He sinks a shaft far from habitation,
Forgotten by the foot...
Its rocks are the source of sapphires,
And its dust contains gold...*
He puts his hand on the flint;
He overturns the mountains at the base .
He hews out channels through the rocks,
And his eye sees anything precious.
He dams up the streams from flowing,
And what is hidden he brings out to the light."
(Job 28:1-11)

So if God mines you, He will search to the farthest limit, will overturn mountains and dam up flowing streams to bring out what is hidden in the gloom and deep shadow to the light, 
what His eye sees as precious.  That's you, baby! 



By the way, talk about flakes,
gold taken from the dust...
There was a heist this week of a bucket the size of my small kitchen garage can which was taken from the back of an armored car.  It was just full of gold flakes, flakes worth a million and a half dollars.  So, even if you feel like you are just a flake, dust in a world of nuggets,
His eyes will see anything precious
and will bring it to light.
Take heart.



Speaking of lights, Christmas lights to be exact which represent the Light who came into the world, we were given a gift that will simplify and illumine our lives.  Rather than struggle to drag out last year's lights from the garage, unwind them, check for dead little bulbs and then try to hang them up along the eaves from wobbly ladders and draping them over the bushes, a friend gave us one of those laser  light wheels that just shines up over the shrubs to sparkle all over the front of the house.  It even comes with a timer that shuts the display on and off.  Voila!  We are festive with the besties!












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