• CH Buddy Winn


Nearly anyone who has served in uniform remembers the old cadence: “Everywhere I go...there’s a Drill Sergeant there...” Maybe you can recall marching in formation and singing along. Drill sergeants seemed to have a god-like demeanor - whether you were on the rifle range, at chow, in the barracks, or during PT, they were truly everywhere you went!

Reading in the Old Testament, you'll find that Psalm 139 is a personal meditation addressed to God. It has four sections, and each magnifies an awesome characteristic of God: perfect knowledge, universal presence, sovereign control, and moral constraint.

David, the warrior and combat veteran who wrote this Psalm and who would be a future king, declared that God knew all about him. David knew that God cared for him with precious thoughts. In Latin, it is, "Domine probasti me et cognovisti me" - God has searched me, and knows me.

Verse 4 has this sense: “You know what I'm going to say even before I say it...” Verse 6 says God's absolute knowledge was—and is—“too wonderful” for human comprehension.

The terms “spirit” and “presence” in verse 7 have virtually the same meaning - the emphasis is on the reality of God’s presence everywhere. His presence isn't hindered by factors of place or time or circumstances.

When we walk the narrow path of right living, it can be lonely - we question ourselves, our ability, and our calling and yet, God is ever present.

And yet, God has known us from the beginning. David gave full credit for his life to the creative work of God. Verse 13: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb."

The days of life were considered “written” by the foreknowledge of God in verse 16: "Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed..."

What does this mean? We have a response to our natural inclination towards going it alone. We have been given the support of our nation, good training, functional equipment, great team mates, and a mission. And yet, we never experience complete victory or satisfaction in our lives apart from God's direction, assurance, grace, and salvation. I've found this to be particularly true of veterans who have returned from war.

When you're alone, dejected, down and out: make the choice to seek the Father. As we seek Him, we will find Him if we search for Him with all of our hearts. Pray always, read His holy word, fellowship with other believers, and exercise your faith in the knowledge of God's presence, power, and love.

Applying these truths, let's pray.

LEADER PRAYER: God, as you knew David your servant, I pray you will also know me and help me to intimately know you! As David prayed, I also make my petition: "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Amen.

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