Friday, April 8, 2022
How Intimate His Knowledge of Us!
How Intimate His Knowledge of Us!
By David Brenneman
"Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up; You understand my thought from far away.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, Lord, You know it all.
You have encircled me behind and in front, And placed Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot comprehend it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take up the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will take hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You created my innermost parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in Your book were written
All the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts for me, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
If only You would put the wicked to death, God; Leave me, you men of bloodshed.
For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate You, Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart; Put me to the test and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there is any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way."
Psalm 139 NASB
We often are like children who take our relationships with our parents for granted when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.
We don't consider their thoughts on life when we start deciding for ourselves. In much the same way we do this with Jesus.
We come to Him for salvation and oftentimes drift from the faith. We do things, think things that aren't as they ought to be in Christ.
We do this and aren't fully realizing that He isn't like our parents in that no matter what, He already knows our thoughts, intentions and feelings. He cannot misread our thoughts, intentions or feelings. He knows. He knew exactly why you thought what you did and why. He knew exactly where your mind drifted to and why. He knows what your next thoughts are in reading what you are right now.
We don't consider the thoughts of King David in Psalm 139 enough.
We don't consider the concept of being His workmanship. We don't consider the implications of turning our lives over to Him for His work in the harvest or in you as an individual.
We often decide what's good, and acceptable to think or do without asking the Spirit of God. We don't ask and we often pay that price.
The level of love and interest that Jesus has for us is beyond our comprehension. We can't think with pure motives on what we do in life.
We can't pursue desires without our sin nature doing something to not make them as we think they should be.
The more I keep rereading Psalm 139 the more it shows the depth of life.
We read of what lead King David into being a man after God's own heart.
Think about that. King David didn't have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Yet he was called a man after God's own heart.
We have the indwelling Holy Spirit who is to teach us all things.
Are you willing to be taught of God?
Are you putting your desires ahead of God's? Isn't that the same as going into His fields, at His bidding, at His request, yet we do what we want instead after we get there?
I saw a quote yesterday that this world is the only Hell Christians will ever see. This world is also the only Heaven many others will see.
What we make a priority in life shapes our life.
We aren't given a hard task. We are given tasks from one who knows our limitations. We are given probably more than we think we can handle, and that's ok. We aren't promised to be given only what we can do or handle.
Do you get it yet? That the love of God is greater than anything we can or will face?
That the thoughts of God concerning you are deeper than any you will ever have of Him? That holding onto what we think is important might not be in light of eternity?
Stop today and reread Psalm 139 as a prayer. Read it every day for a week at least. Realize what you mean to your Savior.