Read Psalm 139
I type “websters.com” in my browser and type “search” in the blank. I’m searching for the definition of the “search”. This realization makes me smile. I hit enter and 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.
Creator God, the Almighty King over all that is, did not form 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’re amazing!
Maybe you read Psalm 139 with a certain familiarity. Perhaps it makes your eyes gloss over a bit. But when we ponder it’s truth and let it really soak in, we find a most intimate commentary on how God feels about us.
He knows every single move you and I make before we ever take it. He knows every word before it forms on our tongues. Yet His very hand, the one that dug the ocean’s deep abyss and sculpted each rock formation, continues to point the way for you and me. 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, God remains.
“When I awake, I am still with you” (v18).
The question 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 offer ourselves wholly like David did? “Search me, O God, and know my heart; 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).