Discuss the Text
1. How would you summarize the big idea v1-6?
1a. In v5, what does it mean when David says “you hem me in, behind and before?”
1b. In v6, how does David feel about God’s total knowledge of him?
1c. application: How do you feel about God’s total knowledge of you? Why?
2. How would you summarize the big idea in v7-12?
2a. What do you think is the purpose of David’s questions in v7?
2b. What are the three sets of extremes that David uses to make his point that God’s presence is everywhere?
2c. application: Even if we know we cannot get away from Gods presence, in what ways do we still hold God at a distance?
3. How would you summarize the big idea in v13-16?
3a. In v13-16, when does David say that God first established a relationship with him?
3b. In v15, what does it mean that “I was being made in secret” and “your eyes saw my unformed substance”?
3c. In v16, is the book literal or figurative? What does the book represent?
3d. application: How can I see the value of life according to God in these verses?
4. How would you summarize the big idea in v17-18?
4a. How do v1-16 transition to and connect with v17-18?
4b. What does it mean to David to describe the thoughts of God as “precious?
4c. What does David mean by “I am still with you”?
5. How would you summarize the big idea in v19-22?
5a. In v19, what appears to be David’s reason for bringing the wicked into this discussion?
5b. What would lead David to have such negative feelings towards them?
5c. application: What do you hold so precious that if insulted or threatened, you respond strongly?
6. How would you summarize the big idea in v23-24?
Since David has already acknowledged that God knows everything about him, what is his purpose in asking God to search him and know his heart?
Apply the Text:
In addition to the application woven throughout the discussion, here are a few more pointed questions.
1. Which of the statements in 139:1-6 do you find most comforting? Why? Which one makes you most uncomfortable? Why?
2. How often do you ask God to reveal to you whether there is a grievous way in you and to lead you in his ways everlasting?