Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
God Knows Us; Do We Make an Effort to Know Him?
by Zack Howard
God knows everything about us, specifically Psalm 139 tells us this. God knew us in the womb and he knew us at every stage of our life. David points out the many ways God is present in our lives— and the necessity of being guided by God and knowing him. Because God created us, we have a response to make. We should strive to know God.
1. God knows us.
David points out that God is all-knowing (v.1-5), present and nearby (v.7-12), the creator (v. 14-16), and righteous (v. 19-24). God knows even the small details of our lives, such as sitting and standing, as well as knowing our speech and thoughts. This is written to comfort us—that God knows his created beings, and that he doesn’t leave us. Whenever we feel like we are alone, we have comfort in the knowledge that God is watching over us is present in our lives. There is nowhere that we go, that God will not be. In fact in verse 12, we read that what we perceive as darkness, is not darkness to God—rather, it is a bright as day to him. This means God is everywhere—even when we think things are so bad (dark) that he couldn’t be. If we understand that God is always present, no matter the situation, then it becomes easy for us to walk in his ways. God is watching over us for a reason—because he created us. In verse 14, we read “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” God’s design of his children is nothing short of awesome and wonderful. He intricately designed each one of us, and each one of us should praise his name for creating us. David then writes of God searching his heart and testing him—showing that God knows what we think and deal with, and how we respond to temptations. God knows us in every way, and David shows us this.
2. We should know God.
Because this Psalm shows the many facets of God’s knowledge of us, it also shows the idea of knowing God. Verses 17-18: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.” David writes about God’s thoughts and how he longs for them. We should be longing for the same thing! Knowing God is a major key to being a Christian. The more we look to him and his way, the more our lives will revolve around pleasing him. This may mean studying the word more, praying more, and figuring out what we want in our lives. If we desire to know God, then we will be willing to give up things that may take our focus away from him. This may mean we cut out some of our television/computer time, and spend some of that time studying the Bible more (either in our own meditation or with our families), or we realize some of the things we do are not beneficial to our faith, and so we have to cut them out (gossip, complaining). Our focus should be on knowing God—our creator. “Wonderful are your works; my soul knows them very well (139.14).” If we look around us, we cans see everything he has done for us—and we will know that he is with us. Knowing God goes hand in hand with seeing his works around us. When we acknowledge God’s handiwork, we focus on what he has mad, and what he has blessed us with.
Lets focus on knowing God, so that we can praise him like David does in Psalm 139. With all God does for us, and all that he has created, praising his wonderful works should not be difficult.