God’s Sovereignty and His perfect knowledge of Man

by Mike Ratliff

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. (Psalms 139:1-4 ESV)

Our God is beyond our understanding. Thankfully, He has revealed Himself to us, to a degree, in His Word. Those who claim to serve Him, but treat His Word as if it was not important, or refuse to submit to the truths therein are fools. That has always puzzled me about those who take a sliver of God’s Word, misinterpret it, and then build massive man-cenetered doctrines around their misinformation. Have they no fear of God?

God is Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent. He knows all, is everywhere at once, and is all-powerful. He is Sovereign! Those who play games with Christianity must have no understanding of this for if they did, they would not dare trifle with God Almighty!

First, let’s look first at God’s Omniscience.

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. (Psalms 139:1-6 ESV)

David is in awe that God knows everything about him. God has searched him and knows him. Nothing can be hidden from God. Also, God hems in or hedges in those who are His to limit their actions. No matter how willful people are they cannot contend with God who knows all and will always accomplish His will. This knowledge, when it blooms in full in our hearts is too wonderful for us to grasp. When the reality of God’s Sovereignty over everything is made crystal clear to us it is a wonderful day. Before, we believed our salvation was in our own hands, but now we see clearly that God did it all. It is too wonderful for me, it is high, I cannot attain it!

Second, let’s look at God’s Omnipresence.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (Psalms 139:7-12 ESV)

No matter where we are or what we are doing or thinking, God knows it. There is nowhere we can go to be hidden from Him. As huge as the Universe is, even if we could travel to the farthest Galaxies and planets, God is there. We are sightless in the dark, but God is not. Oh Praise Him! No matter what our circumstances, He knows what is going on and will not permit anything to come between Him and us! Therefore, should we fear those who hate God and His ways?

Third, let’s look at God’s Omnipotence.

13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. (Psalms 139:13-18 ESV)

God’s power is beyond our understanding. Look at life itself. He created it. He formed each of us individually in our mother’s wombs. Man can create things, but he cannot create the substance from which they are made. No matter how he tries, man cannot create matter from nothing. God can and did. However, life is the miracle that shows His awesome power. I pity those who demand that life evolved from nothing. How pathetic that is! That shows how far man is willing to go in his arrogance in order to not bow the knee to our Omnipotent God!

How must we respond to our Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God?

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! 20 They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:19-24 ESV)

David had no problem expressing hatred for God’s enemies. Jesus told us to love and pray for our enemies, but David hates God’s enemies. These are not mutually exclusive. Those who hate us because of our faith are to be loved and prayed for, perhaps God will show them mercy and save them. However, the reprobates who are Satan’s seed are not in that boat. Since we are not God and do not know one from the other, we must do as Jesus said, pray for them and love them. However, the time is coming very quickly when the sheep and goats will be separated, the tares will be removed from the wheat. Then we will know those who hate God and we will hate them as God does. Yes, God does hate no matter who says differently.

9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (Romans 9:9-16 ESV)

2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” (Malachi 1:2-3 ESV)

No matter what word games people try to play with these verses, the word hate in them means hate not loved less. Therefore, should we fear a God who is all-powerful, is in all places at once, knows all things, and who also hates those who hate Him? I suggest you do a word study through all verses in the Bible for “hate” and “God” and how He regards those who hate Him.

Soli Deo Gloria!

3 thoughts on “God’s Sovereignty and His perfect knowledge of Man

  1. Good article Mike! And timely for me because yesterday I was learning and reading about those who believe in “open theism” and Psalm 139:13-18 is very helpful in refuting them.

  2. “…Therefore, should we fear a God who is all-powerful, is in all places at once, knows all things, and who also hates those who hate Him?…” Amen to that!

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