My answers to BSF study questions
3. “Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.” (TPT)
Everything including eternity and the smallest details of my earthly existence, my pre-womb, pre-earthly existence, my post-earthly existence, my thoughts, my destiny, my enemies past, present, and future, my every word that has or ever will come out of my mouth, my every thought past, present, and future … Whew!
When God says he knows the plans he has for us, it encompasses more than our futures. He planned my past and future lineage. He handpicked my parents and knew how, where, and when they would meet.
He knows and plans how our lives intertwine with the lives of others.
4. David’s adoration of God filled him with zeal for God’s honor. (David Guzik)
David saw himself squarely on God’s side and aligned with his own destiny as king of Israel. Then taking the territory God promised.
David hated those who hated God.
“A faithful servant hath the same interests, the same friends, the same enemies with his Master, whose cause and honor he is, upon all occasions, in duty bound to support and maintain.” (Horne) (via Enduring Word)
That’s a tough one. David says he hates God’s enemies but Jesus says in Matthew 5:39 “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (ESV)
Jesus goes on to say,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers,what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 ESV
Perhaps that’s because Jesus is talking about people who are our enemies and not God’s.
It’s also possible David is venting to God like the conversations in Job. God knows what we’re thinking, so it doesn’t come as a surprise.
5. David wanted God to examine him and look for worry.
“Such anxieties could be evidence of unbelief or misplaced trust.” (David Guzik)
Following the anger, David expressed, he was humble enough to ask God to search his heart.
My circumstances and anxieties
As soon as BSF ended in May, the changes began.
A full-time job with a 40-45 minute commute
Dad’s desire to go be with the Lord came to pass.
The grandchildren are older and more independent, but surprise! Another baby is due any day.
One transition is unsettling enough, but
Meditating on this Psalm reminds me that BSF lessons are exactly what I need to regain and maintain my footing.
I’m being honest with God. I’m still feeling sorry for myself and complaining.
God, this is so hard. I’m really tired. There’s so much to do and so little time.
When God says “I know” he doesn’t mean, “Yeah, I saw the obituary.”
He sees it all. He knows it all.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on People of the Promised Land Part 1 Lesson 11 Day 2 ~ Psalm 139