Today we come to three great attributes about God that are unique to him only. The three attributes I speak of being Gods omniscience, omnipresence and his omnipotence.
* Gods omniscience - God is all-knowing
* Gods omnipresence - God is all-present/all-seeing
* Gods omnipotence - God is all-power
To me these three attributes alone qualify God as ‘THE GOD’. Have you ever asked yourself the question, why is God God? It may sound like a dumb question, but really, what makes God so special that he is the greatest being in the universe?
The first thing that makes him so great is that he is Omniscient or all-knowing.
The Completeness of Gods Knowledge
The Bible teaches us that God knows everything completely and perfectly.
God knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, he is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything, nor does he seek information or ask questions (except when drawing men out for their own good). God can make the best decisions because he has all the facts. He knows all the possible outcomes, and all the possible effects. God knows how everything fits together. God perfectly and eternally knows all things which can be known, past, present, and future.
In Isaiah 40 we see that God required no forums, committees, consultants, engineers or rocket scientists when he made the heavens and the earth. There were no psychologists, counsellors or guru’s to show him the path of understanding. With God, there is no computer required to keep track of the names and numbers of stars, no calculators for the quantum physics equations - no God didn’t require any of these - he KNEW ALL THINGS.
In God, knowledge finds its completeness.
The Depth of Gods Knowledge
God has an astounding depth of knowledge of his creation, which also includes mankind.
The H.G. Wells classic War of the Worlds starts off like this:
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
This novel is, in a sense, very true. There is an intelligence greater than mans who has scrutinised and studied us, however, it is not a mortal, but THE IMMORTAL (God). Evidence of this is in Psalm 139 as to what God knew about David. What we find there concerning David, is also what God knows about us.
Searched - v1-3
Of God, David said that he had searched him. In fact, the appropriate word is ‘scouring’ - to search thoroughly and energetically. It was as if God knew every detail of Davids life - even his most private secrets.
How well had God searched David? Enough to know:
- every movement - even sitting and rising
- every daily activity
- every thought
- every word - before it was even said - knows our impulses (thought patterns)
He knows us thoroughly
Sifted - v4
God doesn’t merely know what we think; he understands what we think. He knows the hidden motives and agendas that stand behind our thought processes. "You comprehend [literally sift] my going out and my lying down". Gods eye follows our course through the day and is upon us when we retire.
Scrutinized - v5
Not only does God know us, he keeps us under scrutiny. His hand is upon us. Like a human father, God goes before us and behind us, as his hand guides us and with his knowledge, he looks after us.
Gods knowledge is a "wonder" knowledge - beyond our comprehension.
David goes on to mention another of Gods special qualities - Omnipresence.
The Greek word for God is *Theos* (Theos); which derives from the root *Theisthai* (Theisthai), which means ‘to see’. They regarded God as being the all-seeing one, whose eye took in the whole universe at a glance, and whose knowledge extended far beyond that of mortals.
Omnipresence, is the concept that God is all-present and all-seeing. David saw this God is:
Unlimited by space (v8)
There is no corner in all creation where God is not absent - if I go to the heavens, if I descend to the depths... ...you are there.
It is not a case of ‘I live near God’, but that ‘in him I live, and move, and have my being’.