He Intimately Knows Us
1 “Oh LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways, 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
I want to put before us a radically and life altering statement. That statement is “God Loves You and Me!” How do we know this to be true. Let’s dig into this Psalm of David and see what these six verses tell us about God.
David starts by making the bold statement “O LORD, You have searched me and known me.” The verb “search” means “to examine with pain and care.” The Jewish people used this work to describe digging deep into a mine, exploring a land, and investigating a legal case. You and I see the outside of other people. But God Looks upon the heart, and according to David this means God has examined us with pain and care.
Since God has searched our heart with pain and care, it is therefore impossible for us to deceive Him. Adam, Eve, Cain, David and many others, including myself have tried to hide from God.
But the truth is God is not someone we can hide from for as Adam and Eve found out, As Cain and David found out, God came searching for them. And because God has painfully and carefully known us and has been searching for us, He knows what is best for us and does all He can to guide us that way. He hems us in behind and before. He places his hand upon us to steady us and direct us. The word enclosed means “to guard a valuable object, so God knowledge and guidance are for our protection.
Upon understanding how much God has loved us and knows of us, then what should be our response. We like David should be overwhelmed by the height and depth of God’s knowledge and be thankful that He knows us perfectly. As David said, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. That is why God comes seeking us searching for us, because we in our sinful nature cannot attain God, therefore God comes looking for us and because Jesus was and is one like us, God knows us inside and out. He knows our sitting down and our rising up. He understands our thoughts. He understands the path we have to tread and understanding our lying down for He to laid down in death. Therefore God intimately knows us and searches for us and understands us. Why? Because he wants to have an intimate relationship with us.