Every Step and Every Moment

by Jenny Black on

Articles 3 min read
Psalm 139

I struggle with being anxious about tomorrow. I often worry that I will forget something and fail someone. This causes me to overplan and overthink future events. It also steals my ability to experience the joy and beauty currently before me.  

But God has been impressing on me the truth of his love, his presence, and his sovereign power over my life. God has gone before me, is presently with me, and has been working behind me, all my life. He formed me, he called me, and he will never leave me. In fact, because Jesus was forsaken on the cross, in my place, God promises to never leave or forsake me.  

That means I will never face anything without God's full presence and sovereign power reigning over me. Therefore, I have nothing to be anxious about. He is with me in every step and every moment. He is nearer than I sense, He is more powerfully in control than I could comprehend, and He loves me more than I can imagine. 

Psalm 139 illustrates God's sovereign presence over our lives. Spend some time meditating on these comforting verses taken from the psalm, and consider God’s great love, tender care, and sovereign power over your own life. 

He knows us intimately.

"You discern my going out and my lying down; 
    you are familiar with all my ways." (Psalm 139:3)

He is with us and guiding us everywhere we are.

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, 
    if I settle on the far side of the sea, 
even there your hand will guide me, 
    your right hand will hold me fast." (Psalm 139:9-10)

He created us masterfully.

"For you created my inmost being; 
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
    your works are wonderful, 
    I know that full well." (Psalm 139:13-14)

Our past, present, and future have always been in His hands.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)

He reveals when our thoughts are unhelpful and leads us in a better way.

"Search me, God, and know my heart; 
    test me and know my anxious thoughts. 
See if there is any offensive way in me, 
    and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24)

When you have time, read the entire psalm. What truths can you come back to when anxiety rears its head?

Prayer Response:  

Father, you alone know us fully because you alone formed us, called us, and reside in us. As we face the troubles of today and the fears of tomorrow, we ask that you enable us to give you our anxious thoughts. You are sovereign over it all and you promise to never leave or forsake us. We trust you will guide us through whatever lies ahead. Help us to soak in the beauty of the present. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

About the Author

Jenny Black (Master of Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington) is the Central Counseling Director and Women's Minister at Central Bible Church.