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I am often asked what my favorite passage of Scripture is.  I usually reply that it is whatever I am currently studying.  Romans chapter eight and the Gospels are precious to me. My favorite Psalm is 139 because it applies great Bible teaching to my personal life.

Alexander Maclaren once said, “Not mere omniscience, but a knowledge which knows him altogether, not mere omnipresence, but a presence where he can nowhere escape, not mere creative power, but a power which shaped him, fill and thrill the Psalmist’s soul.”

That is what I love about this Psalm. Three of the most important teachings in the Bible are applied to our daily life, and they give us hope and encouragement in our stressful lives.

Do you long for an intimate love relationship with the LORD God?  Here is a good place to begin. The Psalmist calls us to respond personally to an all-knowing, ever present, and all-powerful sovereign God who loves us intimately.

You might find it frightening, but I am deeply encouraged that the great God of the universe sees and knows everything exhaustively and perfectly.  He definitely did not wind up the universe and walk away from His design.  He is intimately involved in the details of His creation.

“O LORD, Thou has searched me and know me.  Thou hast known when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thoughts from afar.  Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways.  Even before there is a word on my tongue, O LORD, Thou dost know it all” (139:1-4).

A. W. Pink explains, “God knows everything; everything possible, everything actual; all events, all creatures of the past, the present, and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth and in hell . . . nothing escapes His notice, nothing can be hidden from Him, and nothing is forgotten by Him.  He never errs, never changes, and never overlooks anything.”

The Psalmist responded to such intimate knowledge of us with these words. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high.  I cannot attain to it” (v.6).

I cannot fathom the depth of the mind of God.  How can He know and control all things in the universe?  But the greatest thing is He knows us with such personal detail, and He still loves us! We are not alone in this vast universe.  The LORD God is with us, and wants His best for each of us.

There are no limits of His knowledge of you and me.  We never go unnoticed.  The LORD God is both personal and majestic.  We will never be out of His sight or out of His mind.  We will spend every moment of our lives in the sight and in the company of an omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God.  The All-knowing, always present and all-mighty One loves us, and saves us by His grace and mercy.

He has promised us that His love and grace will never leave us, nor forsake us.  He knows us as personal friends. There is never a moment when His attention is distracted from you and me.

Jeremiah knew God’s holy presence when the cruel Babylonian army was battering down the gates to the city of Jerusalem.   The LORD God said to him, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not the rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD (Jer. 9:23-24).



Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006





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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.


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