Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Psalm 139 God is Always With You

God is always with you. There is no place you can go and nothing you can do that will take away His presence. Psalm 139 makes this clear. God's Holy word says it all. No need for me to write another word.
Bask in His truth.
Lord, you have searched me 
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; 
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways. 
Before a word is on my tongue
    you know it completely, Lord.
You hem me in —behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
    too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
*If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, 
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; 
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, 
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 
16     your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
    were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! 
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, 
    they would outnumber the grains of sand. 
When I awake, 
    I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
    Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name. 
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord,
    and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; 
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

A few additional thoughts-
Verses are 9 & 10 hold special significance for me. I had them inscribed on a stone bench in the Laura Bush Promenade at Southern Methodist University.(Fondren Library) 

Plane Crash: In 1991, God indeed was with me on the far side of the sea in Tierra del Fuego.
The plane in which we were traveling crashed into the Beagle Channel killing 20 people all of whom drowned including my husband. I survived.
God guided me out of the sunken airplane. He showed me "the light" when I prayed to Him to "show me the way".
In the dim, cold frenzy I rose from the bottom of the plane and saw a light, the window. I traveled in the water horizontally by pulling along the tops of the seat-backs, looking down I saw a larger light, the door of the airplane. I dove down. Swam to the surface. By God's grace and mercy I could still breathe.
(I had swallowed the water instead of gasping and breathing the water into my lungs)

I survived the cold of the Beagle Channel as He held my hand while I struggled in the icy waters to swim to the shore.

My body was shutting down as there were only a few minutes to survive in those overwhelming conditions.

God was and continues to be my strength and my refuge

in times of trouble.

see Psalm 16

Airline- LAN Chile , 1991 crash 


1 comment:

  1. How amazing! I love how you showed the way the words in the bible are living in us!
    I linked you blog to mine :)
    Thank you for sharing your experience of overcoming!
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