WHAT DOES GOD KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT? Psalm 139 is a wonderful and powerful Psalm. The Wycliffe Bible Commentary has this to say about Psalm 139, “Here an individual who has had an intimate knowledge of and experience with God offers his personal prayer. From the standpoint of OT theology, this is the climax of thought in the Psalter on God’s personal relationship to the individual. The psalmist does not engage in abstract philosophy or speculative meditation; he merely describes his humble walk with God and shares his experiential knowledge of the Lord.”
David is the writer of this Psalm and as he shares his personal experience with God he speaks of four topics in this relationship. I would like to reflect on each of these topics with you over the coming weeks. The topics are God’s Omniscience, God’s Omnipresence, God’s Omnipotence and God’s Holiness or Judgment. Today I would like to begin a study of what David tells us about God’s Omniscience. What do we mean by the OMNISCIENCE of God? The word “omniscience” comes from two words: “omni” meaning “all” and “science” meaning knowledge. So “omniscience” means “all knowledge.” That is a word that defies human comprehension. Now why do I say that? The more knowledge we attain as human beings the more we realize that we really don’t know very much. That pattern is true from pre-K – PHD programs. The more letters you have behind your name in education the more you know you don’t know very much about God’s universe.
In the book of life we turn page after page as we go through life and at some point we realize that we are never going to know very much about life as the world, the universe and the mystery of people spreads out before us. So how do we human beings comprehend the Infinite Mind of God? God knows everything. God never had to learn anything. He has always known everything and always will know everything. In Isaiah 40:13-14 it says, “Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him and who taught Him the right way?” The answer is, “No one.” God intuitively knows everything. God is not like man who has to learn and be instructed. God’s knowledge is complete in every way.
Does God know about human beings and what is happening on planet earth? Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of God are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” Does God know about the earthly creation around us? Psalm 50:11 says, (God) knows every bird in the mountains and the creatures of the field are (His).” Does God know anything about this vast universe around us? Psalm 147:4 says, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” God is “OMNISCIENT”. God knows EVERYTHING. So tomorrow we will look at the first part of Psalm 139 and see what David teaches us about the Omniscience of God and our relationship with Him. These are things David has learned from a personal and intimate relationship with God as the Holy Spirit has taught him. Please read the twenty-four verses of Psalm 139.