Psalm 139:1-18 NLT O LORD, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You both precede and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to know! I can never escape from Your spirit! I can never get away from Your presence! If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, You are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To You the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, You are still with me!
All right, you guessed it! Today is my birthday! I love this Psalm because it speaks of how God formed me in my mother’s womb; how He was involved with all the intricate details of who I am, what I look like and who I belong to. Sometimes, because of the busyness of life, those close to me may forget the special day of my birth, but I know that My God doesn’t ever forget me or any one of the days that I live. He knew about them before I even lived a one of them. There is One who still goes before me into every day; still loves to hear me when I call out to Him and still thinks about me so much that I couldn’t even count the thoughts that He has about me! Isn’t that awesome?! To think that we have a Creator who knows and cares about every aspect of our lives!
Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
In years past there were two things I would never tell anyone: how old I was or how much I weighed. Both of these were sensitive areas to me. I often think about my mother and how proud she was of how long she had lived. In her later years she often said to new acquaintances: “I bet you don’t know how old I am”. She was so proud of the length of her life. She lived to be 90 ½ years old before she went home to be with Her Creator.
As I travel through life I’ve come to realize that it’s not as important how long I live as it is what I’ve done with my life. The important part to me is to give back to the One who knows me the best and loves me the most! The quality of my life is worth much more than the quantity!
So today I want to say “thank you” to My Creator, my Heavenly Father, my Savior, Jesus Christ and my best friend, Holy Spirit! I owe my life to You, Lord and I love You with all my heart! You are My reason for living and the One that I long for, cling to, rely on and trust in. You are my life for it is in You that I live and move and have my being. Thank You for loving me and for having such a wonderful plan for My life. You have truly done exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ever ask, think, hope or imagine in my life. I am blessed! Thank You, Father! Amen.
Friends, God has a bigger plan for you than you have for yourself. You may not understand why everything has turned out the way that it has in your life, but God has a good plan for you, even now if you’re experiencing heartache and difficult times you can be assured that it’s not too late for things to turn around and for you to experience the goodness of God in the land of the living! Just one word from God can change your life and turn things that the devil has planned to harm you for your good. God loves you with an everlasting love and He hasn’t forgotten that you are going through a difficult time.
Father, I pray for my friends this morning that You will hear their prayer and send the deliverance that they need right now as they experience the trials and testing of life’s challenges. I pray that You will wrap your loving arms around them and let them feel Your presence and give them peace. Thank You, Father, for watching over them and protecting them from the evil one. Thank You for providing for their every need and for turning the bad into good in their lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
And now, Friends, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME!