O Lord, you have searched me and known me! … Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! —Psalm 139:1, 23–24 (ESV)
Psalm 139, attributed to King David, is full of declarations about God. It starts and ends on the same note, of God’s searching and knowing us, His subjects. In between, David declares just how much God knows us! Just reading through the Psalm, the following is clear:
- God knows what we’re doing at all times.
- God knows what we’re thinking.
- God knows what we will say before we say it.
- God is everywhere present.
- God will lead us no matter our place.
- God knows us because He has formed us at birth.
- God knows all of our days, past, present, and future.
Why does David spend some 18 verses describing God? Because this is the kind of God who knows it all and knows us completely. He is the kind of God who can truly ‘search’ us and ‘know’ us, which is what David asks at the end of the Psalm. In light of God’s intimate knowledge of you, ask him to search you and bring to your mind anything in your life that is not right with Him. Repent from whatever it is. And ask God to lead you in the way everlasting!