Reflection on Psalm 139

In Psalm 139, David expresses his understanding of the intimate way that God knows him. God knows his thoughts, his location, his habits, and what he is going to say before he says it.  Nothing about David is hidden from God.  He cares for David and guards over him.  I believe David’s insight about his relationship with God reveals truth for us all.  Hebrews 4: 13 reminds us that, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight”.  Therefore, God knows our thoughts, our location, our habits, and what we are going to say before we say it.  As you think about this, how do you respond?

David’s response to these thoughts is precious. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain”.  I believe David was overwhelmed by the idea that the creator of the universe paid that much attention to the details of his life.   I am also stunned, if you will, that the creator of the universe pays that much attention to me.  He also pays that much attention to you.

As I contemplated the knowledge that God knows me this intimately, I sought a proper response.  I finally decided that I should seek to know more about him.  I remembered that Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.”   With Jesus’ words to insure success, I am seeking to know more about God.  We often sing in our worship songs, “I want to know you more”.   Well, here I go.

David, at the end of a life of seeking God, told his son Solomon:

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with whole hearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.  If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)

The advice of David, the man after God’s own heart, is to serve and seek the true God with the assurance that he will be found.  I’d like to know him more.  Won’t you joint me in this quest?

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