Known by God. Psalm 139. A Psalm about God knowing us intimately. A wonderful Psalm. Any small thoughts of God are immediately transcended by this Psalm, Kidner. V 1-6, God’s omniscience.... adoration. The knowledge of God discerns us, sifts us, knows us better than we know ourselves V 7-12, God’s omnipresence. Avoid the age old impulse to flee from Him. V 13-18, flows out of the first two sections of the Psalm. All-creative. He is the author of every detail of my being.
God thinks upon us infinitely. While there are limits in His creation, there are not in divine love.
God surrounds us at all hours and at all times. That thought blew David away. Vs 17-18, How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
When I am awake, I am still with you, verse18. We need to appreciate what David said in verse 18 and for that thought to become ours. What if you could wake up every day and the first thought that hit your mind was I am from God?
How can I, like David, more consistently, have God as my first thought when I awake? All of us are capable of this, and of knowing the peace in the depth of our soul that we have never known before.
We should live godly because we need Him, whether we realize it or not.
How did David get there? 1. It had to involve spiritual training, as it did with Timothy, 2 Tim 3:14-15. From David's parents, Jesse was his dad. His mother is not mentioned anywhere in scripture. But she is referenced twice in David’s life, 1 Sam 22 and Psalm 86:16. Yours may not be from your parents but you will need spiritual training.
2. Assurance of God’s presence. Started with his anointing in 1 Sam 16:6-12. Then Goliath in 1 Sam 17 and the faith that he showed there. Then he survived Saul’s attempts to kill him, 1 Sam 23. And on it goes with Ish-bosheth and Uzzah.
So how did David get there? God has been real to David his whole life. The reason we aren’t there is we question God’s nearness.
3. Practiced devotion, which further cements our closeness to God. You throw that away, you will not attain the thoughts of God when you awake. What if you could wake up each Lord's day and can not wait to get to worship?
4. This includes regular prayer throughout the day, which is one of the benefits of praying before you eat.
David was with God when his day concluded. If you end each day with thoughts of God, the chances are you will awake with thoughts of God. Psalm23. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides the still waters....