Summary: David wrote Psalm 139 about God's relationship with him and his response to how God was to him. It's crucial for every person to understand that this is also how God is toward them if they wish to do His will.
Let's turn in our Bibles this morning to Psalm 139. While you're turning there, I'd thought we'd do a little brain warm up. We probably need one this morning because we're going to try to wrap our minds around some of God's awesomeness that is talked about in this Psalm. Just a little quiz. Just 10 questions. You should be able to answer each one in less than a second.
1. Here's #1: Which country makes Panama hats?... Ecuador.
2. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?... November. The Russian calendar used to be 13 days behind ours.
3. How long did the Hundred Years War last?... 116 years, from 1337 to 1453.
4. From which animal do we get catgut?... From sheep and horses
5. What is a camel’s-hair brush made of?... Squirrel fur or poney, ox or goat fur
6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?... Canines, Dogs
7. What was King George VI’s first name?... Albert as in Albert Frederick Arthur George
8. What color is a purple finch?... Red.
9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?... New Zealand
10. How long did the Thirty Years War last?... Duh, 30 years. From 1618 to 1648.
Anybody get one right?
Our knowledge is very limited isn’t it? Even when we think we know something we’re often wrong. But in Psalm 139 that we're going to look at this morning we find that such is not at all the case with God. This is a Psalm written by David about God's relationship with him. We're going look at this whole Psalm this morning, but we're first just going to read and talk about the first 18 verses... (Read)
So David tells us some things here about God that are really crucial for every human being to understand about God.
It tells us first of all about....
I. God's knowledge
He doesn't just know history and calculus and astronomy and quantum physics and microbiology, every answer to every test question ever. He doesn't just know what's happening with the nations, with the masses and what's happening with churches. David says, He knows me personally. This little spec among billions of other specs on this spec of a planet in this spec of a galaxy in His incomprehensibly vast universe. The Creator and sustainer of it all knows me, David says. And not just my name and where I live. He knows every minute detail about me. Every time I sit down, God knows I did that. Every time I stand up, God knows I did that. He knows every bit of my up and active part of my life. And every bit of the lying down relaxing part of my life. He hears every word that I speak. And even every thought that just arises in my mind that nobody else knows, He knows. My life and my mind and my heart are an open book before God and a book that He's constantly reading. David explains in v11 and 12 I can't even escape God's sight and knowledge of what I'm doing in the dark. He says, "If I say, 'Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,' 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You." He sees me, He knows me even in the dark. And not only does God know everything about me past and present, but He knows everything about me yet to come. v4, "Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all." v16, "Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them." God knows what I will do every day of the rest of my life.
And what David says of God's knowledge of him, the rest of Scripture tells us is also true of God's knowledge of each individual that lives on His earth. You remember Jesus taught His disciples, "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father." His point was if God knows what's happening with every sparrow worth only 1/2 a cent, He most certainly knows what happening with every single human being on His earth. And then Jesus told them even "the very hairs of your head are all numbered." I Chronicles 28:9, David told his son Solomon, "The LORD searches all hearts and understands every intent of the thoughts."
The fancy word for it is omniscience. Omni means all. Then attached to it is the word science which comes from a Latin word that means knowledge. So omni-science, omniscience means all knowing.