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. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139: 1 – 4; 6
Do you ever feel as if you know someone so well that you even know what they are thinking, or what their next words will be? Isn’t it almost inconceivable to think that God knows this about each one of us? Isn’t it humbling to think that He knows absolutely everything about us – our thoughts, our words before we speak, all our ways, what lies deep in our hearts, and even when we rise and when we sleep?
Of all the 150 Psalms, this is the one that best describes God’s personal relationship with us. It gives us the assurance of knowing that He is not far away and will always be near when we need Him most. It can bring strength, comfort, and peace to know that He understands our struggles, our pain, our insecurities, and our loneliness during certain situations, but it can also bring shame and guilt when we realize He knows our deepest thoughts, even the ones we don’t like acknowledging to ourselves. But it also means that He has the ability to encourage us, help us, and love us through any circumstances we are going through – in our minds and in our hearts. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
How can we even begin to understand the concept of God being present everywhere in the universe at the same time? Yet His omnipresence is part of His being. He constantly sees our hearts, searches our motives, knows our anxious thoughts and worries, and will lead us in the right direction if we seek His guidance. He is constantly thinking about us, He wants His best for us, and He blesses us with His goodness and love.
What a reminder that we need to live lives of integrity and honor because our God sees and He knows. He knows it all!
Our most gracious and loving Father, thank you that you are always with us and that you know us better than we know ourselves. Thank you for your loving thoughts toward us, your guidance, your comfort, and the assurance we can have in your love and grace. Amen