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Lead Me in the Way Everlasting

Psalm 139:1-24
1    O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2    You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3    You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4    Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5    You hem me in-- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7    Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8    If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9    If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10    even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11    If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
12    even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13    For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15    My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16    your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18    Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
19    If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20    They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21    Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?
22    I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23    Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24    See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

David prays first for God to search the heart, which the Lord is already constantly doing. 

The Lord knows everything about us, even what's in our hearts
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

We can't hide from the Lord
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

"lead me in the way everlasting."

What is the way everlasting?
Being a good person is not the way everlasting.
"All our righteous deeds are as filthy rags."

Religious ritual is not the way everlasting
Matthew 23:25-28
25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

The way of the world is not the everlasting way.

The sinful life is not the way everlasting, unless you count everlasting torment in hell.

The way everlasting is following God
"lead me in the way everlasting." - it is a prayer to God, "lead me"

John 10:27-28
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.

The prayer is for the whole person to be led all the time
Acts 13:22
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'

Follow God wherever He leads - by faith - in obedience.


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