You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me. Psalm 139:1
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13,14
I have an app on my iPad that tracks me when I ride my bike. It knows the route, speed and height above sea level. If I turn the volume up, a voice even tells me how well, or usually, how poorly, I am doing. If I think about it, this can feel a little creepy: an invisible satellite stalking me. The good thing is that I can switch the app off. However, this oversight pales into insignificance when we consider God’s oversight of us.
Psalms 103 and 139 give us some sense of the absolute comprehensiveness of God’s
knowledge of us. His intimate understanding of our weaknesses, needs, aspirations – our very being is completely known to Him. He knows our composition, the dust, the atoms and neurons. Even deeper down, He knows our heart and soul.
Humanly, I have two choices: obedience or disobedience. I can either heed God or disobey. The alternatives are stark and simple.
The outcomes however, are eternal. Either I live before my God as one who acknowledges that His intimate knowledge of me is for my own good and His Kingdom purposes or not. The alternative, that Psalm 103 implies, is that if I live in rebellion and rejection, He doesn’t forgive and He doesn’t bless.
As the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard suggested, objections to God are not essentially about doubt, but disobedience (Total Church by Chester and Timmis page 171). What is your response, one of faith, trust and reliance, or rebellion?
The choice is clear.