Women In The Word - NT: Day 5

Grace Day


Today's Text: Psalm 139:1-12

We can all use a grace day, can’t we? Take this day as an opportunity to catch up, pray, and just rest in the presence of the Lord. Pray the scripture below for a specific woman in your life and for yourself.

Psalm 139:1-12 ESV

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.


  • Christina D.

    What an incredible truth. Never, ever alone, ever. Even living overseas somewhere unfamiliar, He is right there with me.

  • This passage has convicted me to watch the way I speak with my babies and I pray I can use softer words with a kind heart!

  • Love that he gets me :0)

  • This reading has been very special to me and just the verse says he knows my path and my ways and leads me:)

  • Rae Godwin

    A lot of things have happened this semester, and I have tried to understand them. This passage reminds me that I may never be able to understand why they happen. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” But that does not mean that God does not have a reason in it. I can trust in him and know that he has a plan and that it is for my good that he is placing trials in my life. Yes, life is hard, but God knows all and he has the knowledge for my path.

    This passage also reminded me that I am not alone. I pray that I remember that as times get hard in the future and in the present. I may feel like other people do not understand or that I am alone in my decision, but I need to remember that God is always with me and that he cares for me. I pray that I am able to remember that daily and be encouraged that the King of the Universe is always with me and cares for me deeply.

  • Rachel Perez

    This is the perfect prayer for me. God knows my path and he knows my ways even before I know them. It is a good encouraging reminder for me.

  • Brittany Perez

    7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

    Love this bit of scripture. We can never hide in His omnipresence.

  • Perfect day for this.

  • Holly Freeman

    God please forgive me for not trusting in you. Help me rest in your truth. You are with me know matter where I go. Help to spend more time in your word to strength me where I am weak so I can be about your kingdom work. You have called me to be set apart this place on earth is temporary. But our eternal home in heaven is forever. Satan uses this world to take our eyes off of who we are. Let me be a light in this dark world.

  • Mary-Molly Storey

    How thankful we can be for a love we don’t understand. (Vs. 6!)

  • “Even the darkness will not be dark to you”

  • Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!

  • Taylor-Marie Hilton

    Praise God for whom all blessings flow

  • “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ” So humbling and reassuring.

  • It is a great place to be to know that God has “it”. He knows everything about me, my weaknesses, strengths, secrets and truths. I am His and He is mine, even when I run from Him he is with me. Such a big concept to wrap my head around, scary that I matter enough, that even before I start to worry He knows, before I fall He is holding onto me, before all I think do and say He is with me. Lord help me to rest in you.

  • There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still. -Corrie ten Boom

  • Thankful that God sees everyday as a “grace day.”

  • God is surely with me today…I stayed home and didn’t go to church today. But this devotion speaks to me as if it is God speaking to me. I will rest on his presence and feel his love surrounding me.

  • Kimberly

    What does “you heim her in behind and before” mean? That Jesus is our “home” wherever we go???

    • Kortney

      The following is from the Faith Study Bible. Not sure if it will help.

      “You hem me in” The word tsur means “to bind,” “encircle,” or “lay siege to.” It is unclear which connotation the psalmist intends. In v. 6, he indicates that He accepts such close scrutiny by God, but that he does not understand it.

      “your hand” An emblem of God’s control; it can be a positive or negative experience, depending on the context.

    • Jenny

      From various commentaries: Hem/ beset/besiege means to to surround so that there is no possibility of escape. Our Father is so near that He knows us wholly and perfectly – nothing we think or do escapes or surprises Him. We are always in His sight and under His power so that He can preserve, protect and defend us. He is behind us blotting out our sins, and before us with His plan and foreknowing the way we will go. His hand is on us as we walk up rightly and grow, and also as we struggle, despair and fail.

  • WorkInProgress

    Please say a prayer for me… My heart is constantly re breaking as I go through the hardest season my young life has seen. Please let me feel God hemming me in and putting His hand over me… I cannot remember the last time I was deeply hugged, and I am longing for God’s hug and reassurance I am doing the right thing in my life. I am so deeply broken, only He can repair me and breathe light and life back into me. I pray for Him to hold my hand tightly and lead me.
    My body is weary and my mind feels weak. I have tried so long to lean on my faith, yet I falter daily. Help me to remember God is Good all the time; and all the time, God is good.

    • Janelle

      Prayed for you this morning as part of my quiet time. You are loved indeed.

    • jenny

      Wish I were there to give you a hug…Keep faithful to the Word, dear one. Just take one step, the next obedient one. May God surround you with His loving arms and bless you with a deep awareness of His presence. At my most difficult time I just set aside 20 minutes or so each morning to read my Bible and pray for strength and wisdom (and rescue). I don’t think I would have made it without that time and my Bible. That’s where God met me. With love from, Jenny

    • Heather Brownlie McCuaig

      I would wrap my arms around you and hold you. I can’t do that, but God does. not in the same way, and my own heart aches to see you held by loving human arms. But how much greater is the love of our Heavenly Father, who has carved you into the palm of His hand. He binds up the brokenhearted, and saves those crushed in spirit. you are loved indeed.

  • Grace is the only gift that keeps giving all of the time.

    • Jenny

      There’s a reason why it’s “amazing” grace! God has enough for all His own who have ever lived or ever will live in the future…and His supply will never be diminished a bit!

  • There are times where I’ve felt completely broken in all areas of my life. Where I’ve felt nothing but the darkness. On a particularly cloudy day, as I was praying to God, the sun broke through the heavy clouds and shined down on the EXACT spot I was praying. And with the sun, I felt His WARMTH. I felt His GRACE. His hand extending to me in comfort and I could feel the words, ” I KNOW YOU” drifting up through my prayers. I can’t put into words what that felt like but I can tell you with all of my heart, He knows everything. Me. You. Our path. And that brings me to my knees. Praise God. Praise the Lord. Have a blessed day.

  • Rachel Meyer

    I memorized this chapter in 8th grade Bible camp. At the time, it was because I liked the imagery and there were points involved, but since then it has grown into my life chapter. How sweet it is to be known by our Creator in the midst of a vast society that will never know you quite like He does.

  • Kasey Summers

    God is always the light! In Him there is no darkness! Love this chapter! “even the darkness is not dark to You. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to You.”

  • Katie Walder

    My mom made me memorize this when I was a kid…a chore at the time, but I am so thankful for it now! On days when I’m feeling down on myself, I recite this chapter to remind myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, one of God’s marvelous works. I love the reminder that God searches out our deepest thoughts, that He KNOWS us…and even when we don’t feel Him or push Him away, He is there! I definitely needed this reminder today…thank You Lord!

  • This is one of my favorite Psalms. I have read it often but not lately. Thank you for bringing it back to me!!

    No, we can never hide from Him since He is always there with us. Why would we want to hide?? Sin. Disgrace. Lack of faith. No, that is when we really NEED His presence. Thank God He is always present!!!

  • Amen!!

  • I just want to publicly praise God for helping me have peace during a period that could easily be very unpeaceful. I won’t go into details but isn’t that just God’s mighty hand at work? Creating peace where there was no peace? Creating calm in the midst of the storm? I am so grateful for Him. He is my rock!

    • Faith

      Amen. It’s those times in life that should be causing great unease that we can really know and appreciate the peace of God. I am in one of those times myself. What a sweet time to know the Lord!

  • I just want to publicly praise the L

  • Looking to the Lord today like the Israelites did in the desert when they looked up at the snake on the pole to be healed from their sicknesses. Realizing I don't have to do or say anything to get Him to save me. Simply look to Him. Faith – yay!

  • Samantha

    Even the darkness is not dark to You!
    We tend to be afraid of the dark…literally things can creep up in the dark, and figuratively, sin causes dark spots in our lives. Even our world seems bent toward darkness. But…the darkness is not dark to our Lord. God isn't afraid of the dark spots in our lives. He's not worried by our fallen world that is determined to march itself to the darkest corners possible. The dark is not dark to God.

    I am so comforted as I found my mind in a dark place this week…God was there with me. He walked with me, guiding me until I was out of the dark and resting comfortably in His light once again.

  • Got happy with my typing… Lol

    What a Beautiful Psalm… To know that our Creator, our Father, knows every single detail, yet loves us so unconditionally anyhow…wow!!

    This was a Psalm that I clung to when I first became a believer and follower of Jesus…
    He knows every thought, every word and loves me anyhow!?! How amazing is that? There is nowhere I can go… Nothing I can do to change his love for me.
    I always pictured Him as the Shepherd watching me… Never letting me get too far… His Righteous right hand leading me… Guiding me… I was never, ever alone!! All those times I felt alone… He was there!!!
    The times I didn’t even know what to pray…He knew exactly what I needed… As dark as my life seemed, it really wasn’t.

    Now, I rest in Him….I love that He knows my path…He has scouted the way and assured that it’s perfect for me… Nothing can hurt me…He surrounds me with His hands…. Hems me in!! What a beautiful picture!!! I am His!! Totally unconditionally His!! I always was!!

  • Miss Ruth

    Thank you so much. I've been having an awfully rough two days. This was exactly what I needed ♥

  • What a Beautiful Psalm… To know that our Creator, our Father, knows every single detail, yet loves us so unconditionally anyhow…wow!!

    Oh father

  • I love how personal this psalm is to our lives! I was just listening to a sermon on this very topic this morning; how reassuring is it to know that God is with us every step of the way orchestrating every detail according to His plan for us!

  • Such reassuring words. In a time where I’m apart from my husband and fretting and my daughter is pursuing her dreams for college- it’s good to know God has it all sorted out.

  • The verse that got me in this psalm is verse 3:
    You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
    He doesn’t just know our path, He searches it out. Scouting the way, to know what dangers we’ll face and giving us what we need. Such a comfort.

    • Kim

      Amen Alandra! So true

    • Jen_L

      Amen! Yes! This part stood out to me too. Reading this, I picture God ahead of me on a thin hiking trail, like my parents did with me as a child, making sure I was following, moving the heavy branches in the way, or helping me over fallen trees, and warning me about holes, but allowing me to move the grasses or sticks in my way. Standing near me & talking me through how to walk on a log or climb a tree; things that were hard & maybe a little scary, but ones that I had to do myself. God is always near, ready to help, guiding us, but allows us freedom to figure out how to walk the path.

  • It’s amazing to think that God even knows and cares about when we actually sit and stand! He’s woven into every detail of our day!!

  • I love the intimacy of this psalm. So very personal. Praise God!

  • Kelly_Smith

    This passage guided me into a time of prayer, repentance for avoiding Gospel appointments. Several Women of the Word over the last week have shown me that God has a plan, He has a word for me to speak, and He asks that I share His love with others. I often–too often–chicken out and make excuses for my silence. Today, I am washed by the Word and the blood of the Lamb, prepared for service and ready to speak Gospel words.

  • Amen! I agree with yall in prayer!

  • Adrianne

    I’m covered. ❤

  • Nicki Edwards: Day to Day Trusting God

    A day of grace to allow me to get started.

  • Even there your hand shall lead me and your right hand shall hold me. (V. 10)

    Praising thus truth today as I have experienced so much anxiety while studying abroad but I know The Lord is right here with me no matter where I am, comforting me and producing steadfastness. All trials and pits bring us closer to Him!!! So thankful for that truth and I love this special time on Saturday mornings also praying over the special women in my life. Thank you Lord for this study, this trip, and all the women praying over me. You are moving mountains this summer!

  • I'm not so good at scripture memorization, but I'm so glad I memorized this Psalm a few years back. Each of the 24 verses is rich in counsel and encouragement. I'm praying this over a few women I know who are going through varied struggles on their own. It's easier for me to worry about them than pray for them. I'm choosing to pray now that God will hem each of them behind and before. That He will lay His hand on them and guide them in the way they should go.

  • What a beautiful Psalm for a grace day! I especially liked verse 5: You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
    I can’t think of anyone I would want to hem me in except God. He protects me from every side and then lays His hand on me for even more protection and guidance! How blessed we are!
    Just plain awesome!

    • Kayte

      What an awesome perspective. As I was reading this I got a picture of someone hemming me against the wall and not allowing me to move & panic set in. Then I thought of God”s hemming us. He doesn’t hem us in so we can’t move. I picture more of like secret service or body guards. “Go where you want, but I’ve got your back (and your front & side & even your head).”
      Thank you for commenting this morning.

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