Week 6 – Psalm 139:7-10
Its week six of Hiding His Word in my heart! Only one more week to go!
For those who have been on this journey since the beginning, please know we’re cheering you on to keep going! For those who are joining us this week, welcome! We’re delighted you’re here!
This week’s Scripture is found in the Psalms and tells us that God is always with us. It’s Psalm 139:7-10.
Did you know that one of the names ascribed to God is Jehovah Shammah. It means ‘The Lord is there’, or ‘The Lord is present’. How incredibly intimate. He is the alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, and yet is so present with you today. His ‘presentness’ and ‘thereness’ is behind you. His ‘presentness’ and ‘thereness’ is ahead of you, to the left and the right.
God’s unceasing intervention can be clearly seen from the beginning of beginnings. Genesis 1 tells us “In the beginning God…” – God was there. Stunningly consistent, the uncreated God was there, speaking life, flinging stars into place and creation into being; breathing life into Adam and Eve, forming His treasured children in His own image. In the garden He walked with Adam and Eve, enjoying their presence. He gave them dominion over everything and it was perfect. They were secure, had significance and were completely loved. And yet in that perfection, Adam and Eve listened to the whisper of the enemy, and chose to sin, and with that brought eternal consequences of death and separation from God.
BUT GOD, Holy and pure, chose to get involved; to be totally affected by His creation and to intervene in humanities unfolding. He pursued His children then, and He pursues you now.
God set apart a people for Himself through Abraham and moved in their lives. Throughout the Old Testament God remained faithful to a faithless people. And then… God stepped down closer than could be imagined. He sent His only Son. Emmanuel. God with us. Jesus came, grew and dwelt. He felt as we do, saw as we do, walked as we do, and yet knew no sin. He became the lamb that was slain to pay the price of sin and death, and claimed He complete victory over the enemy. Now, we can come to Him, believe in Him, turn from our sin and accept His forgiveness. Through Him we can boldly access God’s throne of Grace.
BUT GOD didn’t stop there. Jesus said He would send the Holy Spirit. He is Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counsellor, Strengthener, Helper and Standby. On receiving Jesus as our Saviour we are sealed by His Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13) That means we walk everyday with the Holy Spirit actually in us! As we allow God to do His work in our lives, we are ever transformed!
You were created to have relationship with the maker of the universe and to display His glory. You are God’s masterpiece. His poem. His garden. (John 15). You have the open door to live everyday In His presence. Choose to resist the enemy and the noise of this world in His strength. Daily meet with Him, living a life open to His interruptions. Live in His presence, for it is there, everything else melts away. For surely His goodness and mercy will pursue you all the days of your life. For both now and until the end of all days, Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is There. (Revelation 21 v 3)
As promised, we’ve provided cue cards to print out at home. There are 5 larger cue cards, which have gradually more blanks in them. This is to help you to test your memory as you move through the week. There is also a smaller pocket cue card, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
You can download the cue cards and pocket card A4 file here.
Maybe these verses are already familiar verse. Do you think you know it by heart? If yes, then add in a few verses after this chunk of scripture and stretch your memory further.
Psalms 139 has layers and layers of truth to discover and digest. We encourage you to read around this week’s verses. How have the verses been important to you in the past? How does its Truth change you? Can you think of other verses that tell of the nearness of God?
We pray they would sink deeply into your heart and mind.
May God bless you as you purposefully dwell on His word and allow the Holy Spirit to write it on your heart.
Enjoy the journey! We’ll be memorising right alongside you!
Love the Come Closer Team
P.S: Because we like looking at other translations, here is The Passion Translation of our verse for this week!