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Lonely to be Loved! | Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24, Philippians 1:6 | Joy Bombs in the Psalms

Today my goal is for you to feel more loved than ever before. I want to remind you today that you were made on purpose, for a purpose, and God is not done with you yet. You are the opposite of being alone. You have Emmanuel. God is with you right now. Don’t worry about your senses, just stand on your faith.

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It’s Friday, so you know what that means. It is time for Joy Bombs in the Psalms on the Bible for Busy People. Hi, I’m Erica, your host, and today my goal is for you to feel more loved than ever before. I want to remind you today, may I be the voice that simply reminds you that you were made on purpose, for a purpose, and God is not done with you yet. Ruth Graham was married to Billy Graham, the famous evangelist, and on her tombstone are some pretty powerful words.

Thank you for your patience. The construction is now complete.

Don’t you love that? Well, that’s not true for you or for me today, right? Sometimes I wish I had a sticker that I could put on my shirt every day and it would say, “Pardon my dust. I’m under construction.” Life is like that sometimes, but here is some hope for you today. What Paul says in Philippians chapter one, verse six is for you, it’s for me. He says,

I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Wow, that is a mighty promise and it’s for you. So, take it to the bank today. Alright, join me now in Psalm 139, and before we dive into verse one, I just want to say it has been such a privilege to study what God’s Word says about feeling lonely, and what we can do about it. And I just want to say good for you for coming back here again today, opening God’s Word with me, because when you do that, when you read your Bible, those feelings of loneliness decrease by like 30%, and it’s huge. I just want to remind you of that today. I just want to be that voice that encourages you. I want to be your cheerleader. I just want you to know how special you are. And I know how hard it is to make time, to make space in your life to read God’s word, but I promise you reap what you sow, and you are going to reap some wonderful fruit from doing this, I promise. Okay. Psalm 139 verse one.

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. 5 You go before me and follow me.

And I want to pitch a small tent here, really quickly, because that verse always makes me think of when my kids were little and they would bring their bikes to the beach, my husband would ride ahead on his bike, the kids would be in the middle, and I would bring up the rear. God goes before you and he goes behind you and he’s beside you as well. Okay? We’re going to pick it up now in verse five, the other half.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Take a moment and just feel that God’s hand of blessing on your head. All this week we’ve been talking about hands, right? We’ve talked about how your name is engraved on God’s hands. We’ve talked about how his right hand holds us up, and now we’re reading that his hand of blessing is upon our heads, your head, my head. He cares so much for us. Okay? Verse six, now.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! 7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there. 9 If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 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. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!

You are the opposite of being alone. You have Emmanuel. God is with you right now. Don’t worry about your senses, just stand on your faith. Like the old hymn says, “On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. You’ve got a solid rock to stand on and his name is Jesus. I want to wrap up our week together right now with the last two verses of Psalm 139. It’s like a prayer, so let’s pray it together. Father, in the name of Jesus,

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, amen. Oh, until next time, you are so loved.

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