You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
This psalm of David explains that God has a perfect knowledge of human beings—because He is our Creator!
It is God who designed the human body and reproduction process. King David realized the complexity of the formation of a human being (verse 14). We don’t know if he fully understood how a tiny egg, smaller than the period at the end of this sentence unites with an even smaller sperm—producing all the information necessary to form a fully grown human being (verses 15-16).
Yet God is not only aware of our physical composition, He is also intimately aware of our thoughts and inner motivations (Psalm 139:3-4; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Hebrews 4:12). This is why no human being can hide from Him (Psalm 139:7-12; Hebrews 4:13).
Because of God’s complete knowledge of each of us, King David concludes this psalm by asking God to “search me, O God, and know my heart” and “lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23; see also Proverbs 3:5-6). This is something we should all occasionally ask of God in our prayers.
To learn more about how to have a better understanding and closer relationship with the all-knowing God, read “Relationship With God.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Avoiding Evil.”