Good News from St Thomas Church – January 15, 2015
“Lord, you have searched me out and known me...”
Each week we use one of the psalms (or a portion of the longer ones) as our response to the First Reading. Some are familiar, others not so much. Psalms are songs, often attributed to David. They offer us insight into the spiritual thinking and prayer of our ancestors, and can be powerful aids in our own prayer life. Psalm 139 is one of my favorites, and a portion of it is appointed for this coming Sunday. Try reading it to yourself, as a prayer, either silently or aloud. Pause at the asterisks. Take a deep breath at the end of each verse before going on to the next. To be known so well by God is true gift; to remind ourselves that we are “marvelously made” (even on the days when our bodies ache), and then to live as though we believe it, is our gift to God.
Peace and blessing,
LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
4 You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14 My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.
15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.
16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.