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# Psalm 139 The Message (MSG) #### A David Psalm 139 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! 7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?     to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there!     If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings     to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—     you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!     At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;     night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. 13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;     you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!     Body and soul, I am marvelously made!     I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out,     you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,     how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;     all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared     before I’d even lived one day. 17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!     God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—     any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!     And please, God, do away with wickedness for good! And you murderers—out of here!—     all the men and women who belittle you, God,     infatuated with cheap god-imitations. See how I hate those who hate you, God,     see how I loathe all this godless arrogance; I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.     Your enemies are my enemies! 23-24 Investigate my life, O God,     find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me,     get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—     then guide me on the road to eternal life.

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1 Sarah R = "This is a verse often quoting by the pro-life movement. God knows us and begins to shape us even before we are born. Every child is precious to God."
2 Sarah R = "This brings an interesting question as to whether or not our life is planned out by God. The answer to that is both yes and no. Yes in the sense that God is out of our time, and what we see as past and future is like one continuous present to Him. Therefore He knows what we are going to do and what is going to happen before we do. No in the sense that because we have free will and choice and because sin is all around us and affects how things play out, we will not always do the things God would want for us. "
3 Sarah R = "A good pray to be ever on our lips: that God would examine us and show us if there is anything in our lives that needs correcting, that we might follow Him along the road to life everlasting."