A LOOK AT OUR GOD Psalm 139:1-12
Today we are able to do an amazing thing. We can pull back the veil and look at our God. This we can do by a study of Psalm 139. We do not see his brilliant glory for that would blind us. But we can look into the Bible and see God. As we see God in the Bible it will not blind our eyes but it can almost blow our mind. It will not do this literally but we will be awestruck. In Psalm 139 we will see four great truths about our awesome God. The more we learn about Him now the more prepared we will be for heaven and the more able we will be able to live for Him here.
I. God’s Knowledge Of Us 1-4
A. How God Knows about us. - Searched and known Vs 1
“O Lord you have searched me and known me.”
1. He searched me…
a. It is more through than an airport search.
b. How thoroughly does he search us?
The word in the Hebrew is châqar
Meaning to penetrate or examine intimately-
Has the idea to seek out thoroughly.
is the way the Lord searches us.
Let us consider the word “known” This is the result of the search.
word is Yada – It means to ascertain by seeing.
This is to know in the deepest
sense. God can just look and see our hearts and our deepest most intimate
thoughts and activities. They are
open to him.
how does God know us? He knows us
because he searched us and he can
see us clearly all the time. Now
what is the result of his searching and knowing.
B. What God knows about us…
1. God knows when I set down and when I get up.
He knows the length of my coffee breaks.
He knows my TV habits. He
knows my movements throughout the day.
Is this knowledge about God’s knowledge a blessing to you does it
should be a blessing – If it is not then we should clean up our act.
But more important than that come to God’s
Son, Jesus Christ, for
salvation. As John 1:12-13 state. Receive
and believe Jesus Christ and God will cause you to be born again.
You will be born into His family as one of His children.
If you have done that and are still troubled by these truths then you
need as a believer to do what it says in 1 John 1:9.
2. God understands our thoughts 2b
word is not Yada but a word meaning to distinguish or be able to separate
mentally or discern.
can figure out our thoughts and knows every one of them.
knows them afar off – he doesn’t have to study our facial expression.
He knows every thought. The
thoughts of our minds are instantly faxed to heaven, to the mind of God.
Our thoughts are distinguished, analyzed and completely known by God.
3. God Comprehends my Path
-KJV “Compassest” The word has the idea of being sown or
scattered. It means
is scattered or has fanned all about our path so he knows all about where we
“My lying down – Lying down for sleep.
When asleep he compassest us.
is acquainted with all my ways. – He is familiar with all our ways.
knows where we are going. He’s
been there before more than that he sees
down the road ahead of us. He
knows where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.
4. God knows our words – 4
- There is not a word on our tongue but God knows it altogether.
- We are “bugged” Not by men but by God.
He knows everything we have said
are saying and well say.
- Matthew 12:33-37 especially
II. God’s Protection of Us.
A. Hedged behind and before 5
Surrounded by the presence of the Lord.
words carry with it as though the enemy surrounded a person.
it is being surrounded by the Lord.
B. The lid is on.
is not all “You have laid Your hand upon me.”
God surrounded us then put his hand over us. It is like the lid over us in His protection.
No wonder Satan complained about not being able to get at Job.
For the unsaved this would seem confining.
To some this is a threat to freedom.
For the believer it is a great comfort.
We don’t see Him or feel him but he is there to protect and help us.
enjoy great protection. This is God
who has saved us continuing as our loving heavenly father.
III. God’s Awesomeness
A. Such knowledge is too wonderful.
1. To remarkable – too much for me.
B. It is high – Lofty – this knowledge is so high I can’t begin to
“I cannot…”(Attain is not in original but is implied) I cannot begin to have this knowledge and this ability.
David is awe struck. Finally we
have come to something that is truly awesome.
So amazing that we don’t have words to describe it- we are just able to
Are you awe struck? These truths
are truly awesome. Worship Him!
IV. God’s Omnipresence
David had made and application of the truths he has just confessed.
He applies it with a question and its answer.
B. Where can I go from your Spirit and where can I flee from Your
Presence? Vs. 7
then lists several possible places a person might go to try to get away from
I ascend into heaven, you are there -
Heaven is not a good place if you want to get away from God.
I make my bed in hell behold, you are there.
(Hell is Sheol) The place of
the dead. Don’t ever think you
can escape from God through suicide. After
suicide the first person one faces is God.
It is appointed unto men once to die and after death the judgment.
Hebrews 9:27 Sheol is no escape from God.
I take the wings of the morning. –
Go east – Some have done that and sought to forget about the God of the Bible
and pursue eastern religions. God
I dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea… (This was west for David)
If I go west.
thought he could run from God. God
was there – had him surrounded and was even there in the dept of the sea to
catch him and hedge him in with a great fish which vomited him out on the land.
It shows that God is even interested and can use those that could be
Even there Your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
Darkness cannot hide us from God. 11-12
It shall be as light about me.
Darkness shall not hide from You.
people think that in the cover of darkness they can sin and get away with it.
They are safe from God. People
may not see you but God is there.
7. There is nowhere that we can go to hide from God.
God is omnipresent – everywhere.
time to ready Isaiah 55:8-9
knows us, because he has searched and known us.
is all about us in protection 5
is Awesome 6
you are truly saved you cannot handle these truths.
If they bug you and offend you recognize your need for His salvation.
He offers you eternal life as a free gift. (Romans 6:23)
When you accept that Gift God makes you his child through the new birth
and you will then be glad for what Psalm 139 says.