Read Psalm 139
I type “websters.com” in my browser to find a definition. It strikes me as funny that I’m searching the definition of the word itself: “search”. I type it in and click to find five explanations. Each one applies to what God has done to me. Each one describes what He’s done to you.
search 1.to go or look through (a place, area, etc.) carefully in order to find something missing or lost; 2.to look at or examine (a person, object, etc.) carefully in order to find something concealed; 3.to explore or examine in order to discover; 4.to look at, read, or examine (a record, writing, collection, repository, etc.) for information;5.to look at or beneath the superficial aspects of to discover a motive, reaction, feeling, basic truth, etc.
I am struck with the realization that Creator God, the Almighty King over all that is, has not just formed you and me and then thrown us by the wayside. Yahweh God has done more than just cleaned us up and hung us out to dry. He has searched us. In every sense of the word. He continually searches. He knows each crevice of our every last secret. And still, He thinks we are wonderful!
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God (v17)!
Many of us read Psalm 139 with a certain familiarity. Perhaps the kind that makes our eyes gloss over a bit. But when we search it out, we find a most intimate commentary on how God feels about us. Think about it — He knows our every move before we even take it. The good, the bad, the ugly. He knows every word before we ever speak it. The nice, the mean, the nasty. Yet His very hand, the one that dug the ocean’s deep abyss and scultped each rock formation, continues to point the way for each one of us. His ever-present strong arm never fails to hold on.
You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me (v5).
Furthermore, we cannot hide. He has searched. He will search. And always, He will be there. Without question, He remains.
When I awake, I am still with you (v18).
The question, however, lies with us. Knowing that He knows, will we trust His way. Will we lay ourselves open to His searching and respond accordingly? Can we say with David
Search me, O God, and know my hear; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (vv23-24).