O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
The Lord is so intimately acquainted with us, he knows everything about us, even the little details we don’t know about us. The Bible says that he knows the number of hairs on our heads. Such detail is unattainable by anyone else, except God. Of course, he would know our innermost thoughts. The ones we hide and wonder if He knows. He knows it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night, even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
He is everywhere we are. We cannot escape Him. He covers everything, including the darkest part of the sea. That gives me comfort. My biggest fear is to die in the sea. But God covers even the deepest, darkest part of the sea. Verse 12 says darkness and light are alike to Him. We can’t see, we fear, yet God sees, and gives us comfort and security. There is nowhere we can go that we are not covered by God.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When i was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.
Not only does the Lord know our comings and goings, is intimately acquainted with us to the point that he knows every thought, He was the the one who formed us. Who knows every single little detail about us. Who planned out our days and before we were even formed. We were formed in the womb by God. It’s amazing to think of such a HUGE God, yet so incredibly detailed. When you think about it, there is nothing that we need to be worried about. Nothing in the future, nothing about our past, nothing. Because every single detail is already known by God. It gives us more security to really trust in this detailed God, because He is there and knows the future. And not just the future, but the tiny details of the future. Us, in our finite minds, can only see directly in front of us. But God, who is detailed with us, is detailed with every other little thing, life, human on this earth. It’s amazing and incomprehensible to imagine, how it all works, but that is why HE is GOD.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. For they speak against You wickedly, and Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting.
The interesting thing I gather here, is that, while David knows and understands just how vast, but how close God is to him, he is still worried about these men. It is very natural for us to worry. It’s a sinful thing to do, but as humans, because we just can’t see, and because the enemy is attacking us, we worry. David just laid out this beautiful depiction of the Lord, but then comes back to these men who are after him. It’s almost like he’s trying to assure God that he’s doing right, by hating these men, and not having anything to do with them, so God, just take these men away. In our despair, and in our times of trials, we learn to cling to God, to learn more about Him and His character. We see His patience, and His kindness, His sovereignty and His holiness in not tolerating any sin. We tend not to cling to God so much in happier times. Our characters are strengthened, we learn perseverance, and we mature in hard times. Whether it be consequences from our sins, or hard times that come suddenly and without obvious reason, like with Job, The Lord does not take away these hard times from us when we want them do, and He does this so that we can be disciplined and refined. However, at the same time, He is in complete control. Even Satan had to ask permission from God to strike Job’s household. Nothing passes through without the consent of God. So even in our trials, while we may fear, and be anxious, we should be assured that the Lord is in control, and is using these times for our good. Every detail of this trial is in God’s hands. Details we don’t see. Huge reassurance.