Daily Spirit & Word: 761: God Knows Me
How Does God Know Us?
Psalm 139: Study 1. He Knows You Intimately.
WOWzer! Did anyone hear that THUNDER last night? I’ve not seen rain like this in years.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the thunder and lightning. It’s like God speaking to us in a very loud voice, but what is He saying?
Yesterday morning we had an awesome prayer gathering, during which we sang “What a mighty God we serve” I’m not kidding, HEAVEN came into our gathering. There was only a few of us, but WOWzer!
Today, I’m going to begin a short series looking at Psalm 139. It’s such a wonderful, amazing and enlightening Psalm, full of insight about how God knows us, the plans He has for us and His control of our situations, leading us to KNOW we can fully trust HIM.
Why Psalm 139?
We all make decisions every day, (Not just EU Referendum Day), but how we make them, that’s what counts. Because what we think about God and our relationship with Him determines what we think about everything else that makes up our busy little world. When we get God’s perspective right, then other people, the universe, God’s Word, God’s will, sin, faith, and obedience and our choices will lead us in the right direction. On the other hand, wrong ideas about God will ultimately lead to wrong ideas about who we are, where we should go and what we should do, and this leads us down a crooked path toward the wrong destiny. In other words, the right knowledge of God is essential to the abundant and fulfilled life the LORD wants you to have in this world, and getting you ready for life forever with Him.
King David gave us Psalm 139, his life was full of a deep knowledge and understanding of HOW the LORD directed his steps.
Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) [For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.]
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
God Knows Us Intimately (vv. 1-6)
The verb “searched” means “to examine with great pain and care.” The Jewish people used this word to describe digging deep into a mine, exploring a land, and investigating a legal case.
Your friends only see the outside, but the LORD God sees your heart, and you can’t deceive Him.
Some folks in the Bible tried to deceive God:
- Adam and Eve tried it (Gen. 3:7-24),
- Cain tried it (Gen. 4:1-15),
- and even David tried it (2 Sam. 11-12),
- Ananias and Sappheria tried it too (Acts 5:1-11).
What do we discover from them? What they all discovered, that God knew all about them. He knew what they’d done and even how they’d tried to cover it up. We cannot HIDE from God. He searches and sees the HEART. King David knew this from bitter experience and Divine Grace and forgiveness.
“Understand” in verse 2 means “to distinguish and discern with insight”. My friends, God’s not just making notes about your life, He’s not keeping a dossier if you confess your sins and get cleaned up, but be assured of this, if you don’t get right with God, then He is going to bring out all the records of your life.
Verse 3: “You are familiar with all my ways” He knows our ways, where we go, when we go, how we go and why we go. The habits, the little things that can either help or hinder our walk with Him. The fact that God knows us so intimately and completely is revealed in verses 1, 2, 4, 14, and 23.
These verses reveal God’s DEEP KNOWLEDGE about EVERYTHING in our lives:
- He knows our actions,
- He knows our locations,
- He knows our thoughts and words,
- He knows our ways, and our motives.
He knows more about you than your Mobile Phone does. You know they are able to keep track of where you’ve been down to the inch, but God’s knowledge is even more, He not only knows where you’ve been, but what you’ve been thinking when you are there.
The Eyes of the LORD (2 Chronicles 16:9).
“All things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13, nkjv).
But even more, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us to go His way.
Psalm 139:5 “You hem me in: behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”
He hems us in behind and before and puts His hand on us to give us peace, to show us His way and to direct our steps.
That’s an awesome thought, God wants us to allow Him to show us the way.
The word translated “beset” (kjv) or “enclosed” (nasb) means “to guard a valuable object,”
God’s Guarding YOU!
So my friends, God’s all knowing, all encompassing knowledge and guidance are for your protection.
How should we respond to that?
Like King David, we should TRUST Him completely with every aspect of our lives.
In the UK: We’re all going to VOTE today on the EU Referendum, no matter how you feel or how you VOTE, God is in ultimate control.
Don’t WORRY… PRAY (first) … TRUST… VOTE: Let the LORD guide you to the right decision today.
Be blessed today,
P.S. The other day Karamoko my grandson came back into the lounge from the garden to get a spade. He was hiding his hand behind his back. Karamoko is only 2 1/2 years old, but is already showing signs of being deceitful. I said, “What have you been doing in the garden?” He said, “Nothing” hiding his hand even more… It was so funny and a dead give-away. His hands were black from playing in the mud, he knew that he shouldn’t be playing in the mud because he’s been told not to touch it a few times. But Karamoko just loves digging in the dirt…
We cannot HIDE from God.