God’s knowledge of man is perfect and complete

by Mike Ratliff

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. (Psalms 139:1-4 NKJV)

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 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. 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 my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
5 You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it. (Psalms 139:1-6 NKJV)

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 can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, 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 fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You. (Psalms 139:7-12 NKJV)

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 covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalms 139:13-18 NKJV)

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!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:19-24 NKJV)

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 the word of promise:“At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. (Romans 9:9-16 NKJV)

2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us? ’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord. “Yet Jacob I have loved; 3 But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness. (Malachi 1:2-3 NKJV)

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 and knows all things 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 them.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “God’s knowledge of man is perfect and complete

  1. “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!”
    Wow! That is exactly what I thought “before.” I, in my ignorance, would give myself some credit for searching for God – maybe even finding Him! I would say that, too! This madness lasted for some time… Oh, how I repent now of this foolishness on my part. It’s not only foolishness, it’s plain arrogance to think or say such things. From glory to glory, amen.

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