What God knows about you (Psalm 139)
In our scripture reading, Psalm 139:14, David declares: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Most of us may not think about it all that much, but I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the human body is one of the most amazing things that God has created in the entire universe.
Not only has God created you as an incredibly complex and amazing organism, but this psalm also tells you that long before you were ever aware of him, God knew everything there was to know about you. “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (139:16) God created you, he formed you in your mother's womb, & He knows you even better than you know yourself
Hebrews 4:13: "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare to Him to whom we must give account." The Bible tells us that God sees every star and galaxy in the universe. He sees every rock, every tree, every blade of grass in the whole world. Jesus said that every time a sparrow falls to earth, God notices it!
And this psalm tells us that God knows everything there is to know about you & I as well. This morning, I want to remind us of some of the things that God knows about you & I, and the difference that can make in our lives.
God knows all about my faults and my failures
Psalm 69:5 (NLT) "O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you." Sometimes we don't like to think about the omniscience of God, because it's a little uncomfortable for ua to realize that we don't have any secrets from God. There are some things I'd rather God not know about me. But I don't have any secrets, and neither do you. God knows everything.
Often, when we do something wrong, we try to hide our sins: we want to put them in the closet and lock the door. But God knows what's behind that locked door. When Adam sinned, the first thing he did was to try to run away and hide from God. And God comes walking through the Garden, and says, "Adam, where are you?" Well, God knew exactly where Adam was. He also knew what he had done. Later God God asked Cain, "Where's your brother Abel?" God knew where exactly he was: Cain had already murdered him.
Proverbs 5:21 "For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all his paths." And so we always have an audience. God is always watching. Everything you think, everything you see, everything you do & feel -- God sees it all.
When we are tempted to sin, the enemy whispers in our ear, "It's OK- no one will ever know." So we go ahead and do it, and then afterwards he hits us with another question, "What if they find out?" "What if my parents find out about what I've been doing? my wife/husband? My boss? Revenue Canada?" And we worry that we will be found out. But the fact is you have already been found out. God already knows everything you have done.
But God is not shocked by my sin. He's already seen it. He saw it coming. When we confess to Him the things we've done wrong, He already knows about it. He says "I know. I understand. I know why it happened. I know why you ended up in that situation."
And so my best response is to simply be honest with God. Just admit it. The Bible says, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Just admit it. I'm not fooling anybody. God already knows everything about me. He already knows all I've done and yet He still loves me. When I admit it to Him, it never changes the way He feels about me, because He already knows. He loves me unconditionally. That means I don't have to fake it, I don't have to pretend. God knows all my faults and failures.
God knows all my feelings and frustrations
Psalm 31:7: Sometimes we think, But God knows. He knows everything I am feeling. There is no hurt that goes unnoticed by God. He sees it all.
Often when we're hurting, we feel very isolated, very lonely. Maybe there's been a death in your family, a divorce, maybe you've gotten laid off from work. You feel all alone and think, "Nobody understands the way I feel" But God does.
Psalm 103:13 “The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. And If He sees all my hurts, then I can give them to Him as well. 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you." Give Him your hurts, just like you give Him your faults.
3. God also knows my Future. Ps 139:16 "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Jer 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ... plans to give you hope and a future." Everybody is interested in the future. That's why thousands of people every day consult horoscopes, psychics and all that stuff. People try all kinds of things trying to figure out what's going to happen next. But they are going to the wrong source. There is somebody who knows what's going to happen next -- and that's God.
God is not limited by time. He can be in the past, the present, and the future all at the same time. The Bible says that God sees the end right from the beginning.
And that gives me great confidence in God. It is comforting to me that He knows everything that is going to happen in my life. He's already prepared for everything that I will have to face -- tomorrow, next week, next month. It may surprise me, but it's not going to surprise God. The crisis that you'll go thru next month, next year, or whenever, the inevitable crisis that catches you and you ask, "What's happening? Where is God?" He already knows all about it. He's prepared for it. That gives me confidence to know that when I hit that crisis, it may surprise me, but it hasn't surprised God
And if I know that God knows my future today, then I should ask him for advice about tomorrow. He's the only one who knows what's going to happen. Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." The things you don't know, God can tell you about. He's not going to lay out your whole life all at once, telling you everything that will happen. If He did we probably couldn't handle it. But He will lay it out a little at a time.
If you're driving up a mountain on a curving road and caught behind a slow car, you think, "If I could just see around the curve I'd go ahead and pass him." If there was a helicopter above you, he could let you know if there was another car coming. And so since God knows everything that's going to happen, you can go to him and ask Him for direction for the future
Here’s a practical suggestion: When you get up tomorrow morning, take a few minutes just to talk to God, & go over your schedule with him: "Father, You've already seen this day that I'm about to experience. You know ahead of time every interruption I'm going to face, every cranky person in the office, every flat tire, every traffic jam, when I'm going to spill the coffee all over myself. You've already seen it. Would You, right now, give me the strength to cope through this day, the strength that I need for today." He already knows. You can ask Him in advance for wisdom, for strength, for what you will face each day.
4. God knows all my fears. He knows everything that gets us anxious and stressed out. One of the things, we often get stressed out about is our finances, our financial needs. Jesus said in Matt 6: "Do not worry saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we wear?' For... your Heavenly Father already knows what you need"
And so when you go to pay your bills at the end of the month, and you wonder how you're going to make ends meet, try to remember, God knows all about it. He knows what you need. When we forget that God knows, that's then we start getting stressed. Worry is the result of not realizing the omniscience of God. When I think that God doesn't know what's going on in my life, that He's unaware of it and He doesn't care, then I think I must take matters into my own hands. I start worrying about it. But God already knows my needs, & he will provide for them, if I will only trust him to do so
If God is already aware of every need in my life, what's the use of praying, then? You see we don't pray in order to tell our needs to God. He already knows. When we pray, we are acknowledging that God is the one who has the answer to our needs, the solution to our problems. He's waiting for us to ask Him for help. He's waiting to offer it. But He says, "You do not have because you do not ask God." (James 4:2) If God knows all my needs, then my response is: Don't worry! Trust God. Phil 4:6 "Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything."
5. God knows all about my Faithfulness. Every time I do the right thing, God is watching. Again in Matt 6, Jesus said, "Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." The Bible says that every good deed will be rewarded. No matter how insignificant, regardless of whether anybody else saw it or not. Every encouragement you give to other people, every kind word or compliment you give to your children, every time you do a thoughtful act for your wife, every time you pick up around the office when it's not your job, every time you had the opportunity to gossip and you didn't, -- God sees it all, and He will reward you
So what should be my response? If God sees all the good things that I do, and He's going to reward me, then my response should be "Don't Be Discouraged!" Some of you are saying, "I've been trying to do the right thing in my marriage, but I don't see any results. I've been trying to be a good parent, but it doesn't seem to help. I've been trying to be a good Christian at work or at school, but I don't see it making an impact in anybody's life."
But God says, "I see it! and it doesn't matter who else does. No good thing ever goes unrewarded!" Nothing good that you do is ever done in vain.
So how does this all make you feel. Knowing that God knows everything in my life, can either be very disturbing or very comforting. It depends on my relationship to Him, whether I'm trying to fool Him or not. But you see you can't fool God.
He already knows all your faults and failures. He sees everything going on in your life. You need to admit it to yourself and to God -- come clean and ask God to forgive you. Remember that He already knows about it. And He still loves you. Whether you admit it to Him is not going to change the way He feels about you. So you can be totally honest with God.
God also knows all your feelings and frustrations. Maybe you're hurting. Maybe you have been saying, "No one understands" God understands. Look to Him for comfort. Look to Him for strength. God knows all about your future, he knows all your fears, he even knows about your faithfulness to him.