12th July 2020
'Some people find this unsettling'
Psalm 139 is a favourite and very special Psalm for me.
I was introduced to it at a very dark time in my life and it helped me get through.
It was a great comfort to know that God knew everything I was going through
and he was going through it with me.
At times I felt his love and comfort wrapping around me like a warm blanket.
Theologians refer to God's omniscience -
omni meaning all, and science meaning knowledge of the universe.
It's quite hard to grasp this,
that as large as the universe is, God knows it all.
Jesus tells us God counts the hairs on our heads
and knows about the lives of every sparrow, (Luke 12:6,7).
There is no question he cannot answer,
no problem he cannot solve.
He never gets confused and cannot be surprised.
Some people find this unsettling but most Christians find it comforting
that there is someone who knows what's going on,
especially when it seems their own life is in chaos.
Psalm 139 focuses on this aspect of God,
especially how well he knows us.
He knows what we are going to say
'Before a word is on my tongue you Lord, know it completely.' v 4.
Sometimes I wish he would intervene before I could say something stupid
and silence me since he knows I'm going to regret saying it.
But what happens to us if we really come to terms with the idea
that God knows whatever we do?
When we know there's a speed trap up ahead, do we keep on speeding?
No, we modify our behaviour.
If we take to heart the fact of God's omniscience
it can be a tremendous help in our fight against temptation.
If we do not know what to do in a certain situation,
knowing that God is with us,
watching and routing for us, can help us make the right choice.
Or what if we know what the right choice is
but are facing powerful temptation?
Thinking that God is watching might be painful to us short term
but a big help in the long run,
for sin hurts us, no matter how good it feels at the time.
If all this is making you think of God as the powerful judge,
watching for our slightest slip-up so that he can pour down his wrath on us,
Just as a parent watches out for their child to protect and rescue them from trouble,
so God watches out for us.
This is made clear to us in both the Old and New Testament.
For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him. John 3 17
Let us thank God our Father for his love, comfort and protection;
that he cared so much for us that he sent Jesus to die for us
and bring us back into a relationship with him.