Psalms 138-139

Psalms 138-139

Chapter 138: David Praises the Lord

David praises the Lord for His lovingkindness and truth. David tells the Lord, that in “In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul” (Psalms 138:3) Often times we might also feel like we are in trouble, but the Lord will answer our prayers and strengthen us.

Chapter 139: God knows our thoughts and desires

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David

David’s starts this Psalm by addressing an important fact, the Lord knows our thoughts.

“…thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou strandest my thought afar off.” (Psalms 139:1-2) The Lord knows our thoughts and desires; we cannot hide good or evil from Him.

David goes on to mention that having the Lord’s knowledge “…is too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” (Psalms 139:6) We cannot understand the Lord’s knowledge in this life, plain and simple.

David mentions that the Lord is so full of love that even when we are in the darkest of situations, the Lord will be there for us. David writes; “…if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psalms 139:8) We can rest assured that the Lord is with us always, even if we are in times of trouble, or despair… trust in the Lord.

The Psalm ends with something that I really love, and something that I think everyone should have in their heart… “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139:23-24) We should all ask the Lord to search our hearts and see our true desire, even when we do bad and it looks like we have no heart, the Lord can see our true intentions.

 

Job 38-39

Job 38-39

Chapter 38: Nature and God

The Lord speaks to Job from the whirlwind;

“Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou had understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7)

Over the previous 35 chapters (since Job 2), God has been directly absent from the account. We read nothing of God’s direct role in comforting, speaking to, or sustaining Job in the midst of his crisis. Over that time, Job has ached repeatedly for a word from God.

Here, God responds to Job and asks him where he was when the Lord set the foundation of the world. Some scholars would say that God was using this to explain that Job was nowhere to be found, and that only God would answer this question. However, this is where I and the LDS church disagree. I believe that God was referencing our pre-earth life where we lived with God. Notice how is says that when all the sons of God “shouted for joy” – they shouted for joy because God created the Earth for us, so we could come down and have the experiences we are now having. God was reminding Job of what he had forgotten, God is his Heavenly Father and he has a heavenly home.

From verse 8-41 God asks Job a lot of questions about the nature of man and the power of God and how God created and controls nature. 8-12 specifically references God’s work on the second day of creation (Genesis 1:6-8) when God divided the waters and separated the land from the sea.

                It mentions a lot of interesting things about the creation of the Earth;

                “…the springs of the sea…” (Job 38:16)

                “…the gates of death…” (Job 38:17)

                “…the breadth (vast expanses) of the earth…” (Job 38:18)

                “…the treasures (storehouses) of the snow…” (Job 38:22)

                “…rain on the earth…” (Job 38:27)

                “…the face of the deep…” (Job 38:30)

“…the ordinances of heaven…” (Job 38:33)

“…bottles of heaven…” (Job 38:37)

Chapter 39: Man Knows Nothing

“Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?” (Job 39:1) God kept bringing the level of knowledge down for Job. He could, quite possibly, know such facts of nature from simple observation. Yet even this low level of knowledge was beyond Job, or really any man for that matter.

God continues to go on about fairly simple truths of science and nature that neither Job nor his friends knew. God essentially makes the point that Man’s weakness and ignorance is nothing like Gods. God is mighty and his works are mighty.