For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
God is so great!
There is nothing He does not know.
There is nowhere He is not present.
There is nothing He cannot do.
David begins by talking about the omniscience of God:
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Such a personal God we have! It’s not just that God knows everything, He knows me. It’s not just that God is everywhere, He is everywhere with me. It’s not just that God created everything, He created me. Such knowledge is too amazing, too wonderful!
God is omnipresent as well, which is a great comfort to those who are mourning or considering their own end:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Now David turns to consider God’s power and skill, his omnipotence:
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
“Woven together” or “skillfully wrought” or “curiously formed” — these different translations all come from a Hebrew word meaning embroidered.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
“When I awake may therefore have its strongest sense, a glimpse of resurrection.”
Who are those who would stand against such a God?
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
David took his theological understanding of God’s nature and attributes and applied it to his own personal discipleship. The nature and attributes of God were not mere theories; they were guides to David’s spiritual growth.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Let us not be counted among the wicked! Make this prayer of David’s our own daily prayer.
HERE is “Search me, O God!” by Christ Our Life.