Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
In Bible Study this evening we studying from the Book of Philippians and noted that Paul wanted to “Know” Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering. Our pastor brought out the fact that there are different ways to know someone. We know people through introduction – even if we’ve only met them once when asked we reply, “Yes, I know him/her and we know people increasingly through exposure to them -But knowing someone intimately is knowing them on more than a superficial level – it is knowing every intimate details about their lives, how they operate, what they like, don’t like, etc. Yes, we ought to want to “know” Christ in this intimate way as Paul declares. However, we also must realize that He “knows” us in this way, whether we take the time to know Him or not!
David exclaims in this passage that God has searched him and known him – his sitting down, rising up and discerned his thoughts even before he thought them! God is acquainted with all of our ways! We may be able to fool others about our character, our intentions, our motives and/or actions – we may even be able to fool ourselves – but we cannot fool God. His knowledge of us is more than intimate, more than casual awareness, more than speculation from afar – He knows us ALTOGETHER (v.4). He knows even our very thoughts before they have even registered in our psyche and found their way to our lips! Our ways are open to Him and He observes everything about us. We don’t even know ourselves that intimately!!!! What a mighty God that is! And even thought he knows all these things about us, He still lays His hand on us! He still protects us, He still provides for us, He still loves us, He still WANTS to have a relationship with us!
So, don’t try to fool Him with a “super-saint” persona or with your titles or positions. Lay bare before Him and allow Him to reveal even to you those things you don’t even know about yourself so that you can continually strip away the old man and look more and more like Him. You might as well allow Him to expose you to yourself….because He already knows and you sure can’t fool Him!
c/2012 Candie A. Price