The real you, up close and personal
In reading Psalm 139 we realize that David the Psalmist recognized the omniscience of God, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me” (Psalm 139:1). God knew his every action before he thought it. David could not begin a sentence for which God did not already know the end. “For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4). Because God is omniscient, the “real” David could not hide from God (verses 17,18).
Few people get a chance to know the “real” us up close and personal. We may think our spouse, our children, our parents, and our brothers and sisters really know us. Yet, even our families do not know us completely. Only God does. In fact, God knows us better than we know ourselves. Because God is omniscient (all-knowing) we cannot hide anything from Him.
David found that it was beyond his capacity to understand all the magnificent deeds the Lord had done (verses 5,6). David also knew there was no place distant enough, no hiding place small enough, no darkness deep enough to conceal himself from God. Let us read verses, 7,8, 11, 12).
Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from you presence?
If I ascend into heaven, you are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold you are there.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you. The meaning of these two verses is that all is open before God. The real David could not hide from God.
Even before David was born, God knew him in the womb and saw his potential and the life that awaited him (verses 13-16). Verse 16 really gets my attention. “Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed.” And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. Woe to the abortionist that says an unborn child is just unwanted tissue.
God’s heart must be grieved as He sees so much God given potential thrown into dumpsters all over this land. “God forgives America for this great sin.”
Because God is all knowing, David says to Him, And lead me in the way everlasting (verses 23,24).
David begins and ends this psalm with a plea for God to search him or look into his heart and see what he is really like and then to lead him into the way of everlasting life.
If we asked God to search our heart, what would He see? If we asked God to lead us into the way everlasting, would we be ready to go? Many hear the message of salvation, but reject it.
Is there anything in this world worth more than having a clear conscience before God.
Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)
The only way to life everlasting is redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
Jesus said, “And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works” (Revelations 2:23).
When God searches your heart, will He find a worthy workman? One who puts his hand to the plow without looking back? Will you have accomplished the things He had envisioned for you to do and be? Nothing can be more important than tending our soul.
From my heart.