“The Bible,” I was told when I was brand new to faith, “is a series of love letters from God to his people.” One of the characteristics of cherished words from someone who loves us is that they always seem to know just what to say to us when we are going through something hard, even if we can’t quite express what it is we’re going through ourselves.
That was certainly the case with me when I first came across Psalm 139, one of those “love letters from God.”
I was only twenty, and it was less than a year since I had first heard God calling me closer to himself. He had already done a number of spectacular things for me. He had shown me that I had to love and cherish those around me more. He let me know how much he loved me and how I could bring his love to others, and then he gave me enough incredible experiences to fill a lifetime.
But like many new converts and other Christians who find God moving in their lives, I discovered that the devil does not sit idly by when he sees God working. I began to be plagued by temptations—some of them loathsome—and…
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