Have you ever been around someone who's a know-it-all? A person with a lot of knowledge can be annoying, even intimidating. I imagine that being around Jesus would have been a bit unnerving, because He knows everything—even what you think and feel. But here's the good news: He loves you anyways.
That brings us to Psalm 139, where David brought to light and marveled over God's omniscience: the fact that He knows everything. There are four aspects of God's knowledge in this psalm I want you to consider:
1. God's knowledge is immeasurable. Take a moment to grab your Bible or open the Bible app on your phone and read the first six verses of Psalm 139. From what David wrote, we learn that God is unlimited in what He knows. While our human knowledge is the product of tedious learning, backbreaking research, and long experience, God's knowledge is immediate, comprehensive, and without deterioration (see Isaiah 40:13-14; Job 37:16; 1 John 3:20).
2. God's knowledge is instructional. In verse 6, David said, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it." God's knowledge and awareness extend to all times, past, present, and future. That means He knows what will happen just as much as He knows what has happened, which is how He can instruct us about the future through predictive prophecy.
3. God's knowledge is individual. "O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off" (vv. 1-2; see also vv. 17-18). God not only knows but also cares about all the details of our individual lives (see Hebrews 4:13; 1 Peter 5:7). Talk about the greatness of God. There are over seven billion people on earth today, and He is intimately acquainted with each person's every movement and motive (see Proverbs 5:21).
4. God's knowledge is inspirational. "You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me" (v. 5). I don't think David saw himself as a prisoner of fate; rather, he saw himself as protected by the Father. He was simply saying, "I'm nestled and surrounded by God. He has cupped His hands around me."
David closed out Psalm 139 by saying, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (vv. 23-24). In other words, "I'd blow a fuse trying to figure God out, so the best thing to do is just submit myself to Him and ask Him to direct my paths."
God knows everything, which means He knows the worst about you, the best about you, and the potential in you. He sees the finished product—what He can make you into. As Romans 8:29 says, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son." God knows what it's going to take to make you look more and more like Jesus. And He already sees your perfection in glory. So since His ability transcends your reality, it's best to bow to His immensity. Like David, choose to submit yourself to Him today and let Him direct your paths.