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God’s Perfect Knowledge

Psalm 139:1-24

John Shearhart

November 20, 2011

This morning we’re going to look at one of the greatest chapters of the Bible which explains just how well God really knows us:

God has searched us and knows us perfectly (:1-4)

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

See how personal this is. God investigates David’s very being and knows him.

2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3Thou compassest [this Hebrew word means to spread something out—like you might spread out a deck of cards so you can see them all at once] my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

David can’t sit down or stand up or think or speak without the lord not already knowing it. Notice that He is acquainted with his ways—David’s whole life and lifestyle are familiar to God. It’s not just that He knows, but He knows it intimately. His whole life is spread out before God.

He is everywhere at once and always present (:5-12)

5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

This makes me think of Psalm 34:7 and 125:2. God is in front of David and behind him. His hand is always on him to guide and correct and comfort.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Look at Job 42:3. David’s just blown away by the infinite nature of God and His knowledge. He just admits that there’s no knowing a God that big—and to think that this God knows him intimately! Wow!

7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I started walking, how far would I have to walk before I got out of your presence? If I was trying to flee, how long would it take me to get away? Look at Revelation 20:11.

8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Picture someone trying to touch the highest point imaginable—he’s got his hand stretched out over the top of his head and he’s trying to get higher and higher, and then imagine someone laying down trying to get lower in the lowest place he can find.

9If I take the wings [this Hebrew word means the corner of a garment or the extremity of something] of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

I love this part of the verse because it shows he isn’t trying to get away from God—he’s glad he can’t get out of God’s presence because God leads him and holds him. Even if he was trying to get away there’s nowhere he could go, but he acknowledges that God everywhere leads and holds him.

11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.


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