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God’s Perfect Knowledge of Us

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You do scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1-3).

Have you ever taught God anything? The truth is God has never learned from anyone. If He did or could he would not be God. He would be another imperfect person.

I am grateful that nothing catches the LORD God by surprise.   Adam’s sin did not catch Him by surprise and neither does mine.  His perfect knowledge of me makes me love and appreciate His grace more every day.

A. W. Tozer wrote in Knowledge of the Holy, “God knows instantly and effortlessly all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every uttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell…”

The apostle Paul said, “Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” (Rom 11:33)

God knows everything about us muses the Psalmist David.   That is one of the most astonishing facts and great comfort for the Christian.

We can never be out of His mind.  It is most reassuring to be always in His conscious presence.  He sees and knows everything all the time.  It is humbling and encouraging.

“You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me” (v.5).

Not only are we in His presence, but all our habits, plans, aims, desires, attitudes, ambitions, etc. are known to Him.  “You understand my thoughts from afar” (v.2b).  “He knows the secrets of the heart” (Ps. 44:21b).  Jesus said, “God knows your hearts” (Lk. 16:15).   The LORD said to Samuel, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I. Sam. 16:7).  Again to King Solomon God said, “The LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever” (1 Chron. 28:9).

King David realized that God was thoroughly familiar with all his daily activities, from his going out in the morning to begin his day until his lying down at night in sleep.  Even before David could frame a word on his lips, the LORD was thoroughly familiar with what he was going to say.

Perhaps your first reaction is like that of Tozer who said, “In the divine omniscience we see set forth against each other the terror and fascination of the Godhead.  That God knows each person through and through can be a cause of shaking fear to the man that has something to hide – some unforsaken sin, some secret crime committed against man or God” (pp. 61-63).

On the other hand, the apostle Paul reminds us that this same knowledge of God brings comfort in time of suffering.   “He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27).

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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