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Bible Reading: Psalm 139.1-12

Psalm 139:1-12

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.


We could spend all day just reflecting on the first verse. The Lord has searched you and known you. Think about that for a moment. He is searching for the lost desiring to find them. He is searching for the weary to offer relief. He is scanning the universe looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him and are ready to serve when He calls. The Lord is intensely searching you today. What will He find?


There are several affirmations of the nature of God in this Psalm. Today we will look at two. The first is in regard to God’s complete knowledge in verses 1-6. The fancy theological word you might hear is “omniscience.” What does God know?


He knows my schedule (v. 2: when we sit, work, watch tv, relax, sleep and rise up, etc.)

He knows my thoughts (v. 2)

He knows my actions (v. 3)

He knows my intended speech (v. 4: in that split second between my thoughts and words, God has already searched my heart)

He knows that I am surrounded by His presence (v. 5). Have you acknowledged that you are hemmed in by God? Is that a frightful thought or a comfort?

He knows that I cannot fathom His knowledge (v. 6) but we affirm it nonetheless.


Two, God is everywhere as verses 7-12 remind us. This refers to God’s “omnipresence”. We cannot flee His presence. God is in heaven and even Sheol (abode of the dead) is not beyond from His omnipresence. He is outside the dawn of time and lives past the far parts of the sea. God’s all seeing eyes even penetrate the darkness. Wow.


The Lord is searching you today. He does not ask for your permission. He does not need a search warrant. He is God. He sees our secrets and knows them. We do not have a privacy law concerning God. He knows all and is everywhere. Allow Him to reveal what He sees in you, the good and the evil, and fully align yourself to Him today.


Weekly Memory Verse: Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts.  Psalm 139.23