by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Psalm 139

Psalm 139 is a great Psalm! I want to read it through
and speak to you on "The Searchings of God."

The Psalm begins, "O Lord, Thou hast searched me and
known me, Thou knowest my down sitting and mine
uprising. Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou
compassest my path and my lying down, and art
acquainted with all my ways. There is not a word in my
tongue, but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether."

God knows all about us. The Psalmist recognizes that.
It is solemn, friends, to realize that we are living
constantly in the Presence of God. Elijah cried out
one day, as he stood before the king, "The Lord God,
before Who I stand . . ." Kings didn't mean much to
those old prophets of God. Don't misunderstand me;
they were not disrespectful, they were not
discourteous, and they didn't hesitate to give the
king his proper place. But they didn't hesitate,
either, to reprove Him in the Name of the Lord! Why?
Because they didn't fear kings. They knew that they
stood in the Presence of the Lord. And it is a
wonderful place to stand. What we need today is to
realize something of the AWE of that truth that our
lives are actually on a stage, with the Living God
looking on. To realize that will change all that we
think and do!

The Psalmist says, in effect, "Lord, You know all
about me. You know when I sit down and You know when I
rise up. You understand my thoughts. Lord, You see
every one of them. You compass my path, and my lying
down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. Every
road I take, every path---none of them are hidden from
You, Lord. You know them all. Every word I speak,
every thought I think---"Lord, Thou knowest it
altogether." Now if we believed that other human
beings knew all out thoughts, we would go insane. If
we were conscious of someone watching us constantly
day and night, knowing ...

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