Separated Together: The God Who Knows Me

Though King David was a Warrior King, his biographer in 2 Samuel 23:1 calls him, “The Sweet Psalmist of Israel” (KJV). His sweet songs include not only Psalm 23 (the greatest of all psalms), but also Psalm 139 – the psalm most needed in times of loneliness and uncertainty. I picture David alone in his room as he composes these lyrics with the help of his ancient stringed instrument. He’s in a melancholy mood, feeling a tad insignificant, overlooked, and unsure of himself.

1 Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. 3 You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. 5 You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me. 6 This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it. Psalm 139:1-6

“God, you know me,” He says. “You know everything I do and everywhere I go. You even know the thoughts inside my head. You know what I’m about to say. You know me better than I know myself.”

7 Where can I go to escape your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 9 If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, 10 even there your hand will lead me; your right hand will hold on to me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light around me will be night”— 12 even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you. Psalm 139:7-12

Can I ever get away from God? No. “He is always with me. And not just with me. He’s everywhere I am and ever could be.”

13 For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. 15 My bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began. Psalm 139:13-16

“You not only know me now, You have always known me. You were there while I was being made!” Having reasoned all this out with the help of his harp, David comes to a conclusion, “God, I want You to know me even better than You already do.”

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. Psalm 139:23-24

This is a prayer for our moment in time. As our isolation drags on, you need to know that you are never alone and never unknown. During these last few days I have felt like I need people contact more than ever. I’m sure I do. But more than people-contact, you and I need God-contact.

Here is our prayer:

Search me, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; and if there is, reveal it to me so I can confess it to You. Because I want You to lead me, not just through this plague, but through and into Your everlasting way, and into Your everlasting home. In Jesus’ name, Amen!


Pastor Don