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Author: Arliss

Psalm 139: Sinners and Lights

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve learned quite a bit about God’s omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and all of His goodness. We’ve basked in the glory of who He is and all of its implications for our lives, both in the present and in the future. I don’t know about you, but it’s been an incredibly relieving, refreshing, encouraging, and comforting study for me as we’ve delved into understanding Psalm 139 and correctly applying it to our lives. My perspective has been removed from myself and re-centered on Christ (with many lapses, of course). I’ve noticed a significant decrease...

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Psalm 139: More Than the Sand

What would it be like to count every single grain of sand on earth? A few things that come to mind for me when I imagine it are overwhelming, pointless, intriguing, impossible, exciting, incredible. Quite the mixed bag of emotions. It’d be a never-ending endeavor. Literally. We’d never reach the finish, because there is an unfathomable amount of sand, and we are extremely unequipped for the task in just about every way.   “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the...

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Psalm 139: Carefully Crafted

  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14   I have always understood this passage to mean one specific thing: God has created me beautifully, wonderfully, exactly as He intended to.   And thus, I applied this passage to my life in one specific way: Don’t be insecure, you are physically beautiful. Don’t worry about those supermodels. You don’t need to look like them; God made you to look the...

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Psalm 139: Not Even Darkness

Life is a scary thing. There is so much that is unknown to us about the future. Even what we do think we know about the future isn’t guaranteed. We only have so much control. So how can we know what challenges will come our way? There are so many unfathomable trials that people are faced with, from divorce, to miscarriage, to unemployment, to physical persecution. Darkness manifests itself in so many ways that it’s easy to imagine it happening to us. Or maybe you’re currently reading this and thinking that I’m crazy for thinking about these things. Maybe...

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Psalm 139: Hemmed In

I’ve been fighting a great fear of mine this week: God, what do you plan to do with me? Will you bless my dreams of becoming a hybrid of a novelist and coffee shop owner? When? Will I actually find a job that I enjoy and that pays enough? Will Tyler and I find a solid church, a strong Christian community? Will you continue the good work that You started in me? The few (and I mean few) times that I actually took my thoughts captive, it was because by God’s grace and Holy Spirit within me, I marveled...

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