Psalm 139

I am fully known.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquent with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me.

In the Lord’s hands, I am like a candle flame, cupped between hands in the night, or a flower, held gently in hands so as not to crush it. The hands become wings, and I fly away.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

Why would I need to see more than I see now? God sees, and that is enough. I fear life, and I fear God; but God is Good, and I may learn trust.

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

The depths of the Earth. I think of two images of Edinburgh: in one, there is the fair city of the Bridges, and the darkness underneath. In the other, the Castle viewed from Princes St is the Fortress against the sky on its Rock, and down below are the flowers of the Gardens.

The dark, the Shadow: the Shadow shall be Light and beauty.

Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end—I am still with you.

I shall know fully.

Castle

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