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"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me"
(Psalm 139: 6).
pp. 158 - 160
In the first verse of this Psalm the writer expresses the fact that the Lord has absolute
and complete knowledge of us, "O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me".
Young's Analytical Concordance gives the meaning of "search" as "to search out or
investigate". The Companion Bible contains a note, "to search out as for treasures or
secrets". It is evident that the Lord knows all about us, even our secret thoughts.
The Companion Bible also points out that "known" has the meaning "seen so as to
understand". So the Lord sees us and understands us. According to The Companion
Bible the structure of the Psalm is as follows:
A | 1. Divine searching
B1 | 2-5. Omniscience
C1 | 6. Admiration
B2 | 7-16. Omnipresence
C2 | 17, 18. Admiration
B3 | 19. Omnipotence
C3 | 19-22. Detestation
A | 23, 24. Divine searching
So if we look at verses 2-5, David says that the Lord knows and sees our every
movement and understands our every thought. He follows us wherever we go, and hears
all we say. It is impossible to go beyond the extent of His knowledge, for there is no
limit to His vision and understanding.
Can we flee from the presence of God? Verses 7-16 show that God is everywhere and
we cannot get beyond His care.
For the traveler, verses 9 and 10 are very comforting, "If I take the wings of the
morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me,
and Thy right hand shall hold me". The writer remembers reading these words after
flying to New Zealand. It seemed impossible to be further from home. And being alone
in an hotel, the Psalmist's assurance that the Lord was present was a source of comfort.
His protecting hand was always there.
The Psalmist extends his survey of God's knowledge and His protection to the time
even before we were born:
"For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I
will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well" (verses 13 and 14).