The Voice – Psalm 139

These 2 Bible verses are so well known and memorized that I think I had forgotten the true and real meaning of it:
Psalm 139:23-24
Explore me, O God, and know the real me. Dig deeply and discover who I am. Put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain. 24Examine me to see if there is an evil bone in me, and guide me down Your path forever.
This is taken from “The Voice” translation and when it says “put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain” my jar dropped. Other translations says something down the line of “test me and know what I’m thinking…”. I suppose it essentially means the same, but “see how I handle the strain” was not a meaning I have ever associated with this verse before.
This is a verse for the believer who wants to grow… and I have prayed this many times over. I do want to grow, but I could use a pause – a good long relaxed pause – right about now. On the other hand, a pause makes me drift away from the path God wants me on and I certainly do not want that… So I’ll keep on praying this verse and perhaps add “I know there is only one set of footprints when life gets too hard”.
Morning thoughts from a busy mom – on her way out for the school run.
May you be Blessed by the Lord of all today. May Jesus carry you in the cup of His Hand. May the Holy Spirit guide your every step along the Lord’s path.
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10 thoughts on “The Voice – Psalm 139

  1. Oh, do I FEEL your need for a pause, and your desire to be brought closer to Him. So often I feel these contradict each other. But, I am trying to remind myself that He is my pause! For in Him alone I will truly find rest. Blessings!
    Bobbi

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  2. Joel

    Love that, “put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain.” I’m there right now! But I feel like I’m passing the test. Great thoughts!

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  3. Thank you for the insight this translation gives! I have never read it in this translation and it says volumes, doesn’t it! Surely you have been tested this past year and met the test. You deserve rest and we find rest as we put our trust in God and put our anxieties in His hands.

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    1. Indeed! Thanks for reading my morning thoughts… I have come to appreciate the “Voice” translation more and more the past few months. More often than not it offers a very clear image for me.
      Still working on the anxiety issues… But more blog posts about that will come in the future I’m sure.

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