If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
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.
The last part of Psalm 139 shouts that we are captured by God. The writer of Psalm 139 begins to take up God’s battles. “I hate those who hate you and I abhor those who rise up against you. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them as my enemies.” God captures us! Forty-one years ago a young woman named RobAnne captured my heart. I’ll defend her. I love her. I stand with her. I believe in her because she captured my heart. God says, “Listen, stand up against those who oppose me.”
The writer ends the psalm with “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me…See if there’s any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” God pursues you. He captures you. He says, “Follow me and I will lead you in the way everlasting.” It’s wonderful to be captured by God. It’s wonderful to have your dreams and your thoughts captured. It’s beautiful when your family and passions and giftedness are captured by God and used for His kingdom. I love what God is doing in my life; I love how He has captured me. It’s a ride that I don’t want to leave. It’s amazing to be captured by God.