Posted by: missionventureministries | December 7, 2014


Lord you have searched me

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” (Psalm 139:1)  

Perhaps the most amazing attribute of God is that He knows everything about us. Everything! He “searches” us and “knows” us.  

Since God is both omnipresent and omniscient, it is obvious that nothing escapes His conscious knowledge about us. He observes our ordinary activities and knows everything that we do and knows our innermost thoughts (v. 2). “You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways” (v. 3). “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely” (v. 4). That means that we are transparent to Him; we cannot deceive Him in any way. He knows what we are going to think; we cannot hide anything from Him. God knows what only we know about ourselves and things we won’t even admit to ourselves. 

Furthermore, He is everywhere around each one of us (vv. 7-10), wherever we are or could be. He fills all space, and there is no way to escape. We cannot hide from God. He is wherever we go.  

David, the writer of this Psalm is taking a look at himself and his relationship with God. He does an in-depth self-examination, something we need to do as well. We need to examine our behavior, our motives and our priorities. David asked, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (V. 23-24) 

It is comforting to know that God knows us by name and loves us. It is also important to realize that there is nothing we can hide from God and that He knows us far better than we know ourselves. 

When we confess our sins, God forgives us; as John writes, “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). And Isaiah records: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). We can’t remove our own sin, only God can do that. Therefore,  we need to bring our hidden sins to light so that we can acknowledge them, repent of them ask for forgiveness and more importantly, accept God’s forgiveness. 

When we are walking with God we can expect our lives to be different because our guilt and shame are removed and we have a spirit of joy and can walk in total unbroken fellowship with God.   

Physically we are the same person, but spiritually we are a new person. Paul says that we are a new creation in Jesus Christ – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through Jesus Christ we have been given the gift of the Spirit of God, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Corinthians 2:12).  

We must examine ourselves, repent, ask for forgiveness and joyfully walk in spirit and in truth with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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