“It blows my mind! “
Psalm 139:6 (ESV)
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
That’s, in effect, what David was saying about God’s omniscience in the psalm for prayer for this week. He just couldn’t get his mental arms around it. It’ll blow your mind too.
Think about it. God knows everything. EVERYTHING! This means he knows what has happened, what could have happened, what will happen, what could possibly happen.
Look at these words, and let your head swim!
Psalm 139:4 (ESV)
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
So God knows what you think before you say it. And if that’s true, he also knows what you didn’t think, which is everything else besides what you thought. He really does know everything.
He knows everything because he’s everywhere!
Psalm 139:5 (ESV)
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
David can’t go anywhere God isn’t. He’s boxed in. Smothered. On all sides. All the time. And even though God lays his hand on David, he never lays a hand on David in a way that might keep him from laying his hand on me. Or you. Or a guy in Timbuktu.
It’s not like God’s hand is here and not there. It’s everywhere. In fact, all of God is everywhere all the time. So are his eyes evidently.
Psalm 139:16 (ESV)
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
His eyes see days that haven’t happened yet. He saw my body before it was formed. He stitched it together because he knew exactly what he wanted me to look like. And he knows when it’s all going to come apart again and turn to dust. He’s been to the end of my life and back. He knows it all. He sees it all. He holds it all in his hands.
How will this psalm guide your prayer life this week? I mean, if you’re able to pray after your mind is blown?! What an amazingly great God we serve!
And all God’s people said….?