January 25, 2015

God Knows Me – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me” (Psalms 139:1)
When our proud hearts understand that God is absolutely holy and that we are all sinners who would be justly punished eternally, but for the blood of Christ, it is frightening to know that He knows everything about us. Everything! Truly, He has an all-seeing eye. He has searched us and has known us.

The Hebrew Lexicon, Brown, Driver, Briggs defines “searched”:
“examining thoroughly, so as to expose weakness in a case; so of self-examination. …be searched out, found out, ascertained, (weight of the bronze used in temple utensils), of forest; searched out.”

Brown, Driver, Briggs defines “known”:
“of God’s knowing persons, etc., thoroughly; knowing the heart; knowing his true servants, recognizing and acknowledging them; – take notice of,…”

Nothing escapes God’s conscious knowledge about us. He observes our ordinary activities and our innermost thoughts.“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.” (Psalm 139:2-3)

Most Christians are familiar with the story of Jonah and smile when we see him run from God. “How foolish,” we think. Then we see those same Christians think they have gotten away with sinful actions or thoughts that no one sees. The prophet David says, God even knows when you sit down. He knows every thought that we think. We can’t run. We can’t hide.

David says He actually sees the formation of the words on our tongues before we begin to speak them.
“Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.” (Psalm 139:4)

That means that we are transparent to Him; we cannot deceive Him in any way. He knows what we are going to say; we cannot hide anything from Him. God knows what only we know about ourselves and He knows those things we won’t even admit to ourselves.

Furthermore, He is everywhere around each one of us, wherever we are or could be. He fills all space, and there is no escape. He is wherever we go.

“You have enclosed me behind and before, …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 the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, …” (Psalm 139:5, 7-10)

The apostle Paul described the nature of the true God, in contrast to their stone idols of Athens saying: “For in him we live, and move, and exist.” (Acts 17:28)

This very intimate and complete knowledge about us is what makes God’s salvation such a marvelous matter.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)

How foolish to pretend to be something God knows we are not. In spite of His infinite holiness, amazingly, God loves us, though He sees our un-holiness (even when we do not). He knows perfectly what we have become and it is not pretty (no matter what our haughty pride tells us). In contrast to God’s perfect knowledge, what we know is limited, distorted and perverted. How foolish it is to think we know better and refuse to submit completely to everything He tells us.

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