Sometimes we can get too caught up in what other people think about us. In those times, there is nothing more important than reading what God has to say about us. Most of us know we are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” but did you know the rest of Psalm 139 talks about what to do when you find yourself caught up in what others think about you?
You’re probably familiar with the first part of the Psalm, but go ahead and read it. This is God’s Word, and it will benefit you much more than my words:
1O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You search out my path and my lying down
Even before a word is on my tongue,
You hem me in, behind and before,
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
And then there’s a shift. David stops talking about how God knows him and starts talking about how he knows God. It’s one of those little jumps that we tend to see as a change of subject.
It seems like a change of subject, but it’s not. David has just been singing about what God thinks of him. He has been singing about God’s thoughts, God’s thoughts about him. Now he says those thoughts are precious to him. What God thinks about him is more precious than what other people think about him. Because God’s thoughts are precious, he’s going to dwell on those thoughts. In fact, he’ll fall asleep counting them. And when he wakes up, God will still be there, loving him.
And then there’s this much bigger shift:
What?! Weren’t we were talking about us being precious to God and God being precious to us?
Maybe these “men of blood” who speak against the Lord are also those who speak against David. They’re the ones who think he is not fearfully and wonderfully made. They’re the ones who criticize his thoughts, his ways, and every word on his tongue.
In David’s case, they are haters of God who deserve justice, and that’s why David says he hates them. But it’s not too big a stretch to apply this to anyone who would speak against us. This side of the cross, I’m not suggesting we go so far as to hate them and ask God to destroy them, but we should recognize the things they’ve said that aren’t true. We should command their words – cycling over and over in our minds – to “depart from us.”
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