Read Psalm 139

David has surveyed the wondrous character of God – His communicable (holiness) and incommunicable (omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence) attributes. And he concludes with a personal invitation and reflection.

Let’s break down David’s final two phrases in this psalm. Consider each phrase, summarizing in your own words:

Search me, O God, and know my heart:

Try me and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any grievous way in me:

And lead me in the way everlasting:

Consider them all together. What is David asking of God?

How is this a fitting conclusion for this psalm? 

On the heels of praising God for who He is, David experiences something that you and I likely experience as well: desperation for God to come near. David has discovered who God is and worshiped Him accordingly, and his response is to cling to God in a nearly desperate tone: Don’t leave me! Come near! Lead me on!

Here is one of the richest truths of this psalm in my mind: David has already answered his own question. For each of his requests, he has already found his response in God’s unchanging character.

Consider each of these phrases again. What other verses in this psalm answer David’s request?

Search me, O God, and know my heart:

Try me and know my thoughts:

And see if there be any grievous way in me:

And lead me in the way everlasting:

As David prays, Search me, Oh, God, and know my heart, he can rest assured that God will answer because in His unchanging character is His omniscience. David knows that God knows him, and that nothing is beyond God’s knowledge. This invitation to be known by God is one that has already been accepted by the God of whom David said, You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. David’s desire to have God search His heart is met with God’s omnipresence – there is no corner of David’s heart that God does not know intimately. And David’s desire to be led on by God is met with God’s keeping power. Each request in these concluding lines of the text are met with previous recitations of God’s resounding and unchanging character. 

How can these attributes of God’s – His omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and holiness – lead you into deeper worship of Him? 

How are these attributes an answer to your prayers in and of themselves, like they were for David? What fears do they assuage? What needs do they meet? 

What would it look like for you to worship God for who He is this week? 

Pray & Reflect:

Supplication: Confess to God that you need Him to be who He is. Confess to Him that apart from Him you can do nothing.

Submission: Praise God for His never-changing character! Worship Him for being all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, and holy. Confess to Him that there is no god like Him! 

Author: amygannett

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  • that God KNOWS me is probably the most loving action I think of as a Heavenly Father. He created us intimately. We all crave to really be known to the depths but we cannot receive it to the depths by any relationship on earth. He made us in His mind, He created us body , soul and spirit. He gave us purpose. He KNOWS us better than we know ourselves. What amazing love!!