Psalm 139

Lord, you examine me and know me, you know when I sit, when I rise, you understand my thoughts from afar. You watch when I walk or lie down, you know every detail of my conduct.  A word is not yet on my tongue before you, Lord, know all about it.  You fence me in, behind and in front, you have laid your hand upon me.  Such amazing knowledge is beyond me, a height to which I cannot attain.

Where shall I go to escape your spirit? Where shall I flee from your presence?  If I scale the heavens you are there, if I lie flat in Sheol, there you are.  If I speed away on the wings of the dawn, if I dwell beyond the ocean,  even there your hand will be guiding me, your right hand holding me fast. I will say, 'Let the darkness cover me, and the night wrap itself around me,'  even darkness to you is not dark, and night is as clear as the day.

You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother's womb.  For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders. You knew me through and through,  my being held no secrets from you, when I was being formed in secret, textured in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes could see my embryo. In your book all my days were inscribed, every one that was fixed is there.  How hard for me to grasp your thoughts, how many, God, there are!  If I count them, they are more than the grains of sand; if I come to an end, I am still with you.

God, examine me and know my heart, test me and know my concerns.  Make sure that I am not on my way to ruin, and guide me on the road of eternity.



Let us pray

Heer Jezus die uw volgelingen in het dagelijks leven geroepen hebt om het Evangelie met de stem en het leven te verkondigen, verlicht mijn geest en mijn hart met de kracht van uw Heilige Geest, zodat ik uw wil mag begrijpen en uitvoeren.
Bevrijd me van angst om mij aan u over te geven. Ondersteun me in mijn zwakheid en versterk mijn geloof. Geef me moed en durf om U te volgen, ook als het van mij offers vraagt. Leid mij, Gij die de weg, de waarheid en het leven zijt en die met de Vader leeft en heerst in de eenheid van de Heilige Geest. Amen