Psalms for the Journey
Where I teach, we have written a new forensic science curriculum to use in an after school hands on STEM program for a middle school. We are excited to implement the many plans we have for students to “solve crimes” each time we meet with them. We will teach them, through many activities, how to investigate and decide who, what, when, where and why “it” happened. It should be a ton of fun with fuming chambers to lift prints, an exercise in separating DNA, problem solving with different possible answers to consider, etc. We will have professionals come in with their expertise to help the students investigate every single piece of evidence.
As we consider our next psalm, (and one of my favorites), we learn to ask God to investigate us and examine all the evidence of our lives. We need, however, to learn to see ourselves as God sees us through this investigation. We must realize how deeply He knows us. We cannot hide our “crimes” from God. If we wonder if God cares enough to investigate, then David’s litany of investigation procedures for our lives should cast no doubt.
We are going to take Psalm 139 slowly and think about each portion of this wonderful, repentant yet uplifting song to the One who made us and loves us forever.
Psalm 139, The Message
A David Psalm
1-6 God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
Picture God picking us up from falling, dusting us off and setting us back on the walk with Him. As we walk, He is beside us, but one step ahead of us, one arm around our shoulder and the other hand in our hand leading us. Feel His Presence. Yes, let the investigation begin!
In Jesus Name, Amen