Outrageous Grace!

God’s thorough knowledge of him blew David away so much that he declared, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.” (Psalms 139:6)

He stood in awe at God’s knowledge of him and freely admitted that it was beyond him, way above his league.

God is well acquainted with every one of our ways. Nothing we do or say – even our thought patterns and true motives – is hidden from Him. God not only knows every step and action we take but even discerns our thoughts from afar.

“You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” Psalms 139:2

How deep is that?

God not only knows what we do and where we go but discerns our thoughts and knows them even before they have taken shape or form. He knows and sees our thoughts in their embryonic stage, long before they are birthed and find expression. Even before we ourselves discern their true colours God sees and knows our thoughts for what they truly are. Even before we utter a word, before it is delivered by us God is in full possession of its content already. “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” (Psalms 139:4)

It is this staggering knowledge of us God possesses that David marvels at in Psalm 139. God is very well acquainted with our person, with who we are deep inside ourselves and what makes us tick and not only what we come across as. He knows us inside out. He knows all that there is to know about ourselves – even that which we don’t ourselves know. Psalms 139:3 “You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.”

This is how perfect and thorough God’s knowledge of us is. In fact, David continued to surmise in Psalm 139:16 that even before a single one of them existed, all the days of our lives were written in God’s book:  “….In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”

If ever there was a need for proof of God’s grace in the Old Testament, here it is.  So comprehensive and total, detailed and exhaustive is God’s knowledge of each one of us that there is nothing, absolutely nothing God does not know about us that there is to know.

Ergo, there is nothing we can hide from Him or pretend He doesn’t know about in our lives.

For this reason we need not pretend to be someone else or put on a facade when coming before the Lord. We can be who we are before Him, come as we are to Him. Not that God condones or approves of our sinful nature and inclinations, but knowing that He knows them as they are, striped of all our excuses and justifications, we come in full awareness that there’s nothing we can hide from Him. It is not in hiding them but rather in confessing them to the Lord and repenting of them that we find forgiveness and liberation from our sinful inclinations and habits. No good hiding them or behind them.

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

It is in acknowledging our shortcomings and failures before God and not trying to pretend they are not there that God is able to forgive us of them for He is faithful and just to do so.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Knowing as He does, everything that is to be known about us, He not only forgives us but graciously continues to use us for His purpose and glory.

What a gracious God we serve!

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