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Psalm 139:11-12a reads,
I could ask the darkness to hide me; and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
Think about a time when you just wanted to be alone. You were tired, depressed, anxious, and/or lonely, yet being around other people was the last thing on your mind. Maybe you were so emotionally exhausted that you didn’t even want to be in the presence of God.
In Psalm 139, David, referred to my many as the greatest of the kings of Israel, confesses that he is in a dark place. Yet he also acknowledges that even if he allows the darkness to completely surround him, he cannot hide from God. As the Psalm continues, he even comes to recognize that he shouldn’t even want to hide from God, but should instead allow God to shape him into the person God made him to be.
The Psalm ends with: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
READING & JOURNALING:
Which verse(s) in this Psalm speak the most to you today? Why do you think that is?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t like to think that I’m trying to hide from You. But I recognize that there are times when I’m doing just that. Today, I’m simply grateful for the reminder that I cannot hide from You. And I pray the same prayer David prayed; Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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