Reading with Magnifying Glass

Bible Study

Lesson 1


Scripture Reading

Psalm 122:1-9 (CEB)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, 

O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it. Where can I go from your spirit?Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.


Discussion Questions

Ask the following questions knowing that you might get various answers or responses due to their perceived straight-forward nature. Be ready for different responses, but also look to direct the students to actually talking about where God is and how God can be everywhere all at once. Try to get more than just standard, one word Sunday School answers.

The Bible tells us that God is everywhere all the time. God is not limited by time and space. God is everywhere all of the time. God is everywhere all the time – sometimes in the Bible we read about God entering time and space: God was in the burning bush, God was in the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire, God was in the cloud that settled on the temple. But, God was everywhere else at the same time.

  • Where do you think God is? Is God only in heaven? Is God in only our heart? 

  • How can God be in all these places? Do you think you can escape God’s presence? Why or why not? 

  • What words would you use to describe God?


Digging Deeper Questions


  • What do you think Psalm 139 tells us about who God is?

  • What do you think Psalm 139 tells us about where God is?

  • What does this passage make you think about how God sees you?


  • This passage talks about God knowing every bit of us. What is something that most people don’t know about you? 

  • What feelings come to mind when you read this passage?

  • Does this passage make you feel comforted? Why or why not?

  • Are there things we want to hide from God sometimes? Why do you think we do this?


  • How would you explain the idea that God is everywhere all the time to someone who might not know God at all?

  • What other questions are hard to answer about God? 

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