God Knows Us
God Knows Us
When we know we are known, it makes a lot of difference in how we interact. King David realized that he was intimately known by the LORD. Knowing that he was known by the LORD God Almighty — our Creator — humbled David as he stood in awe of God’s power to know all things about every single one of us.
As David realized just how much God knew about him, he wrote a psalm about it. This psalm is well worth studying, so that we, too, can realize the position we are in with our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Judge.
Psalm 139 starts with:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
In these beginning six verses, King David realizes that the LORD is searching through him all the time. Not a second goes by without God searching all our thoughts and feelings. David realizes he can’t even make one small move without God knowing about it.
Even though we can’t see God, from His throne in heaven, He knows everything we’re doing. God understands all our thoughts. He knows all the “whys” and “wherefores” of our thinking — and the whole history of our line of thinking.
Since God knows us so intimately, He even knows what we will say before our tongue can blurt it out. And you know how quick witted a lot of people are. Not even they can say a word before God knows all about it.
As David realizes just how much God knows about him, he confesses, “You have enclosed me behind and before, . .” In other words, there is absolutely no way any of us can escape the LORD’s watchful eye. No matter how clever we think we are in hiding our thoughts, not one will escape God’s notice. We’re “trapped”.
How does David feel about that? He confesses that the LORD “laid Your hand upon me.” The fact that the LORD knows everything pricks David’s conscience — big time. That knowledge causes David to not only put a guard on his actions — but David puts a guard on his thoughts, too.
He doesn’t want to offend God Almighty with evil thoughts.
So, the question becomes — how are we feeling about God knowing us so intimately?
Will God’s awesome power cause us to get a grip on all our actions and thoughts? Come Judgment Day, not a one of us will have a valid excuse for any evil we have ever thought or done.
There’s also something very wonderful about all this. God also knows when we trust and believe in His Word. He knows when we are sorry for our sins. He knows about our every desire to live according to His loving commands.
That’s when He steps in to help us — just because we have love and respect for all of the grace He has given us in Jesus Christ.
As we realize this intimate, loving friendship we have with our LORD and Savior, we will pray with David in verses 23-24,
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
Then, as we become so open to God’s loving grace, we will say, “Hallelujah! Our LORD knows us, forgives us, and leads us in the everlasting way.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.