In several situations this past week, I’ve been asked to pray for circumstances and personal matters that required sensitivity and wisdom.
In each of three different situations I certainly assured the friend that I was with that my prayers would be with them throughout the week, but I needed something more tangible. That’s when I was drawn back to Psalm 139 in The Passion Translation. It has ministered to me over the past few weeks and in several other exchanges that I’ve had where human wisdom simply wasn’t reassuring enough for the uncertainty that these friends were facing.
I’m going to quote just a few verses from Psalm 139, but you’ll be able to sense almost immediately the depths of the insight and reassurance that these verses bring.
“Lord, you know everything there is to
know about me.
You perceive every movement of my
heart and soul,
and you understand my every
thought before it even enters my
You’re so intimately aware of me,
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m
about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take
before my journey even begins.
You’ve gone into my future to prepare
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
This is just too wonderful, deep, and
Your understanding of me brings me
wonder and strength.” Psalm 139:1-6
As you read these verses carefully, it’s clear that the Psalmist is describing a relationship with God that transcends any other human connection. If we have the assurance that God knows and understands our thoughts even before they enter our mind, then why should we worry about saying the wrong thing?!
One of the prayers was for wisdom about a decision concerning a move and the last sentence of verse 4 above reads “You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.” How reassuring is that?! How much anxiety can that kind of love eliminate from our lives.
For another who is praying about relocation, verse 5 speaks so powerfully:
“You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past.”
If God goes before us and behind us, we needn’t fear that the mistakes we’ve made will somehow catch up to us or that the things that we face will somehow overwhelm us.
Following these separate situations where prayer was offered I had some confidence that my encouragement was helpful, but I had a deep assurance that the scriptures I had quoted and given as a reference and a future reminder will somehow affect the outcome more than anything I could say.
I’ve had a number of other really significant exchanges as I’ve opened God’s word and shared with others. I encourage you to do the same as there are needs all around us where our friendship and presence means a great deal, but the word of God is a foundation upon which life change, no matter what the circumstance, will be secure in God’s hands.