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Even There

INTRODUCTION: Psalm 139 is built on the theme of God’s knowledge of His servants.

The opening and closing of the psalm

  • Opening statement  Psalm 139:1
  • Closing prayer Psalm 139:23-24

Four sections of the psalm the fullness of the knowledge of God. (Can be compared to the four dimensions of the love of God in Ephesians 3:18)

  • The breadth of His knowledge (Psalm 139:1-6) too wonderful for me (Psalm 139:6)
  • The length of His knowledge (Psalm 139:7-12) Whither shall I go from (Psalm 139:7)
  • The depth of His knowledge (Psalm 139:13-16) in the lowest parts of the earth (Psalm 139:15)
  • The height of His knowledge (Psalm 139:17-24) how great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)

Our section (Psalm 139:7-12) speaks of the presence of the knowledge of God wherever we go. No matter where we find ourselves, we will find that God is “even there” (Psalm 139:10).

    1. Not That God Leaves Us - Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
    2. But That We Leave Him (Psalm 139:7)
      1. We roam Whither shall I go from thy spirit?
      2. We run whither shall I flee from thy presence?
    1. Dominion
      1. If I ascend up into heaven (Psalm 139:8)
      2. A picture of times of blessing and elevation in this world
      3. We tend to think we do not need God and these times become a great temptation (1 Timothy 3:6)
      4. Paul had learned to abound and to be full (Philippians 4:11-13)
      5. The example of David
        1. His elevation (2 Samuel 7:8-11)
        2. His temptation (2 Samuel 11:1-2)
        3. Gods presence (2 Samuel 12:7, 13)
    2. Depth
      1. If I make my bed in hell (Psalm 139:8)
      2. A picture of times of despair and trouble
      3. The example of Joseph
        1. His troubles (Psalm 105:17-18)
        2. Gods presence (Psalm 105:19)
        3. His elevation (Psalm 105:20-21)
    3. Distance
      1. If I take the wings of the morning (Psalm 139:9)
      2. A picture of times when we get away from God
      3. The example of Jonah
        1. His flight from God (Jonah 1:1-3)
        2. His descent (Jonah 1:4-5, 15-17)
        3. Gods presence (Jonah 2:1, 10)
    4. Darkness
      1. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me
      2. A picture of times when men feel hidden from God
      3. The example of Mephibosheth
        1. His condition (2 Samuel 9:3, 8)
        2. Gods presence (2 Samuel 9:1, 7)
        3. His provision (2 Samuel 9:9-10)
    1. To Lead Us Even there shall thy hand lead me (Psalm 139:10)
    2. To Lift Us thy right hand shall hold me (Psalm 139:10)
    3. To Lighten Us even the light shall be light about me (Psalm 139:11)

CONCLUSION: Where are you today? Wherever it is, God is even there. Do you know Him as your Saviour? Do you trust Him as your friend? Do you submit to Him as your Lord and Master? Would you pray the prayer of verses Psalm 139:23-24?