139 For the Pure and Shining One King David’s poetic song 1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. 2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. 3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. 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.
5 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.[a] With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. 6 This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.[b]
Psalm 139:5Or “You hem me in [lit., “beseige me”] before and behind.” The implication is that God protects him from what may come in the future and what has happened in the past.
Psalm 139:6As translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew reads “too high to understand.”
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