2 You perceive every movement of their hearts and souls,
and you understand their every thought before it even enters their minds.
3–4 You are so intimately aware of them, Lord.
You read their hearts like open books
and you know all the words they are about to speak
before they even start a sentence!
You know every step they will take before their journey even begins.
5 You’ve gone into their future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind them
to spare them from the harm of their past.
With your hand of love upon their lives,
you impart a blessing to them.
6 This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!
Your understanding of them brings us wonder and strength.
7 Where could they go from your Spirit?
Where could they run and hide from your face?
8 If they go up to heaven, you’re there!
If they go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too!
9 If they fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there!
If they fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting!
10 Wherever they go, your hand will guide them;
your strength will empower them.
11 It’s impossible to disappear from you
or to ask the darkness to hide them,
for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into their night.
12 There is no such thing as darkness with You.
The night, to You, is as bright as the day;
there’s no difference between the two.
13 You formed their innermost beings, shaping their delicate insides
and their intricate outside,
and wove them all together in their mother’s wombs.
14 We thank you, God, for making them so mysteriously complex!
Everything You do is marvellously breathtaking.
It simply amazes us to think about it!
How thoroughly You know them, Lord!
15 You even formed every bone in their bodies
when you created them in the secret place,
carefully, skilfully shaping them from nothing to something.
16 You saw who you created each one of them to be before they were born,
Before they’d even seen the light of day,
the number of days You planned for them
were already recorded in your book.
17–18 Every single moment You are thinking of them!
How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish them constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward them are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When they awake each morning, you’re still with them. Ps. 139:1-18
Examine them through and through;
find out everything that may be hidden within them.
Put them to the test and sift through all their anxious cares.
24 See if there is any path of pain they are walking on,
and lead them back to your glorious, everlasting ways—
the path that brings them back to You. Ps. 139:23-24