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On the Wings of the Sea

Commander Chris Alcock read from Psalm 139.

The text is reproduced below.

O LORD , you have searched me
and you know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 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.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,
 you are there.
 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.

 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
Even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.


This psalm is considered the crown of individual religious experience in the Old Testament. It is in a class of its own in its depth of intensely personal spiritual character.

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