A Psalm Of Awareness

W. Terry Varner
March 13, 2016

Of the 150 Psalms composing the Psalter, Psalm 139 is known as a Psalm of Awareness. It describes a loving, caring God and His great awareness and concern for His people. Various divine attributes are apparent in Psalm 139—He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all/ever present), and omni-benevolent (all caring/loving).

God is omniscient (all-knowing). Paul writes that God both searches and knows our heart and mind (Rom. 8:27). Making it simple, God knows all we say, do, and think. “O Lord, You have searched me, and know me” (Ps, 139:1). Scary? In a way it ought to be. It ought also to warn us that we cannot hide our sinful thoughts and evil behavior from God, as we often try to do from our fellowman. This is impossible. Do not think you can get away with it. David tried to hide his sin with Bathsheba from others, but he could not hide it from God, We will all be held accountable for our actions in God’s sight.

When we address God’s omniscience we are affirming important teachings. We affirm God has infinite knowledge of all things; i.e. there is absolutely nothing God does not know and does not understand. Concerning God’s creation, God’s knowledge and God’s understanding are unlimited. Psalm 142:5 says, “His understanding is infinite” or “has no limit” (NIV).

God values the unborn. David writes that God’s intricate design of humanity, even in the womb, is to be praised. “For You have possessed my reins: You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . My substance was not hid from You, when I was made in secret” (Ps. 139:13-15). Talk about an anti-abortion text, this is a great one. God places great value on unborn life. We dare do no less.

We can not hide our actions and thoughts from God. “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:16, NIV). The reason none can hide from God is that God knows every detail of His Creation. God’s knowledge is so infinite and intricate that “The very hairs of your head are numbered” (Matt. 10:30) and a sparrow does not fall unnoticed by God (Matt. 10:29). As God values us, let us value Him by our praise to Him.

God’s awareness must be understood. “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23-24). We must awaken and be aware of God’s awareness and presence of our lives. Our life is an open book before God (Heb. 4:13).

David spends time in personal reflection before God. All of us spend time in personal reflection, but David instructs us to spend time in personal reflection before God, He asks God to “search his heart.” Would you ask God to do that? He asked God to “know his thoughts.” Would you ask God to do that? He asks God “to lead him away from sin into the way of life.” Would you ask God to do that? Why was David unseemly not troubled by his sin with Bathsheba? Because he repented (Ps. 51) and was forgiven.

Personal reflection before God is vital and sometimes it hurts. It has the power to bring us to our knees in repentance. It helps us walk anew with God. Life is busy. Life is too busy. We must stop and spend time with our God. “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). Be aware of God. He is aware of you. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, You know it altogether” (Ps. 139:4). Praise God for His being all-knowing, all-present, and all-benevolent.