Summary: The Psalmist declares that God knew him. And this Psalm describes how God knows us.

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INTRO.- ILL.- A Bible college student came to preacher Charles Spurgeon one day, greatly concerned that he could not grasp the meaning of certain verses in the Bible. The noted preacher replied kindly but firmly, “Young man, allow me to give you this word of advice. Give the Lord credit for knowing things you don’t understand.” God knows everything!

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

ILL.- When Henry Norris Russell, Princeton astronomer, had concluded a lecture on the Milky Way, a woman came to him and asked: “If our world is so little, and the universe is so great, can we believe that God pays any attention to us?” Dr. Russell replied, “That depends, madam, entirely on how big a God you believe in.”

Our God is quite big. He is all-wise and all-knowing and all-powerful. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows us from inside out. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT US! 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.

PROP.- The Psalmist declares that God knew him. And this Psalm describes how God knows us.


1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

ILL.- A man selling vacuum cleaners knocked on the door of a remote farmhouse. When the lady of the house opened the door, he walked in and dumped a bag of dirt on the floor. “Now,” boasted the salesman, “I want to make a bargain with you. If this super-duper, new vacuum cleaner doesn’t pick up every bit of this dirt, I’ll eat what’s left.” “Here’s a spoon,” said the farmer’s wife, “we don’t have any electricity.”

If that man had been God he would known better than to make an offer like that. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had foreknowledge of things? It sounds like it would be a good thing but it might not.

Knowing certain things or maybe certain negative things were going to happen, however, would worry us to death. Some foreknowledge might not be good but God can handle everything. We humans can’t.

God knows all our activities and even before we plan them. I like to plan my days. Of course, there are times when unexpected things come up, but nothing is unexpected to God. He knows when things happen and even before they happen. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD/CREATOR WE HAVE! Does it bother you, knowing that God knows your every move?

ILL.- Dr. John Baillie made it a practice to open his course on the doctrine of God at Edinburgh University with these words: “Gentlemen, we must remember that in discussing God we cannot talk about Him without Him hearing every word we say. We may be able to talk to our friends, as it were, behind their backs, but God is everywhere, yes, even in this classroom. Therefore, in all of our discussions we must be aware of His infinite presence and talk about Him, as it were, before His face.”

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