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Bread for the Journey

Psalm 139: 3, 4, 5 NIV

"You discern my going out and my lying down: you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
You hem me in behind and before, you have laid your hand upon me."

Recently I read this portion of scripture and these words spoke to me in a new way.  How amazing that God knows all about us and is familiar with our ways. He knows us so completely..even before a word is on our tongue. We cannot hide anything from him.

When you are claustrophobic, the feeling of being hemmed in does not sound comforting. But when I read verse 5, I find it very comforting to be hemmed in by God's love and care. That is a safe kind of being hemmed in, to know that we are in His constant presence..God will always be there for us and will never leave us.


  1. Hem me in, Lord ! Keep me safe and secure under your wings.

  2. Thank you Betty. I have been walking a hard path lately and your words were a comforting reminder