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King David, the psalmist of Israel, could also be regarded for his philosophical work revealed within the beautiful books of the Psalms. Reading and study of Psalms will reveal the attributes of God. One example is the 139th Psalm where the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God is revealed.

“O Lord you have searched me” (vv. 1-6)—the omniscient God. He knows every movement (Jer. 10:23), and knows the way we should go and the results that could have been from all choices (Matt. 11:20-24). He knows every thought (I Sam. 16:7; Acts 9:5). While it’s hard to comprehend such a Being, it does not remove the fact that He is, and must be for us to exist. He knows every word before you speak it, but not only this, He will judge every word spoken including every idle word (Matt. 12:35-37). The God of Heaven knows all.

“Where shall I go from your Spirit?” (vv. 7-12)—the omnipresent God. The Spiritual realm is God’s domain (Acts 7:60). The physical realm whether height or depth of the earth cannot contain Him, God is there (Jonah 1:10-17). There is no hiding place where God is not, nor is there cover from His presence. Even the darkest of darkness will provide no hiding place from the presence of almighty God (I Cor. 4:5). “Where shall I go from your Spirit?” There is no such place as God occupies all, all the time.

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (vv. 13-16)—the omnipotent God. All powerful and controlling all things all the time, He is God. He formed you in your mother’s womb, and that’s still a mystery to this day (Ecc. 11:5). God knew you in the dark sanctuary of the womb and was the One who gave the beginning spark of life. How could anyone consider destroying such marvelous design? Abortion declares the cold, darkness of an arrogant, depraved heart. It is “ingratitude for God’s gift” [Weylan Deaver]. All and especially Christians should think seriously before disrespecting the marvelous body God gave you. Mutilation of a beautifully-designed body, one can’t be thinking properly. Brother Carroll Ellis told his students many years ago, “mutilation is not transformation.” How pertinent that is to the culture of today. God is guiding when I’m sleeping (vv. 17-18), and by His providential care, He protects from enemies (vv. 19-20). Why? Because He made us, He cares for us, and He loves us. Brother or sister you are fearfully and wonderfully made from the marvelous creation of the omnipotent God.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart:

try me, and know my thoughts: and see

If wickedness be in me, and

lead me in the way everlasting”

(Psalm 139:23-24).

David Hill

Northeast Church of Christ bulletin July 11, 2023

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