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. (Psalm 139:16)
This is a psalm to treasure and to keep close, because it touches on the intensely personal relationship that God has created each and every one of us to enjoy with Him. It transcends time and circumstance, it brings praise, rejoicing, comfort, assurance and faith. It reveals the very heart of God, but also reveals the singular privilege we have as the only creation intended for intimate fellowship with Him.
A most remarkable truth emerges every time we read this psalm. God knows us, totally and completely. He knows our thoughts, our actions, our choices, our desires, our fears and our dreams. We can hide ourselves from others and sometimes even from ourselves, but we can hide nothing from God. Nothing about us can shock Him, because He knows it already. We have no need to try to be something we are not, because He knows exactly who and what we are.
In a world that sets such store by appearances, by the perception of success or of being in control, and by man-made expectations, what a relief it is to be able to come to our God just as we are – and to know that He loves us and desires to meet with us, despite who and what we may be. We can turn to Him in the blackest of sin, in our greatest weakness, our foolish unbelief or our misguided choices. If we seek Him, He will not turn away from us. God knows us intimately and completely, and because He did He was willing to die to make a way for us to reach Him.
This omniscience – total knowingness – of God is a source of enormous comfort and assurance. It’s not transitory or dependent on our performance. It’s not condition – even if we decide not to choose God, it does not diminish that He knows every single last detail, even to counting the hairs on our heads. His knowing us – and having a personal, unshakeable interest in each one of us – is dependent only on His nature. He is, quite simply, the God who knows everything.
What is truly remarkable – and so vastly humbling, exciting and comforting – is that His knowledge of us is not limited to the here and now. It’s not even limited to the day we were born. It is an intimate knowledge that is eternal. Right from the very foundation of the world, God knew us. Even thousands of years before we were born, He knew us, because we existed within Him.
To clarify this, let me share a personal memory. My dearest friend had tremendous talent as a potter. She could create the most incredible ‘masterpieces’ out of a lump of what, to me at any rate, was little more than a lump of unresponsive clay. Many of my ‘pottery lessons’ were little more than me indulging in the joy of watching her work. Until I accepted that I simply did not have the ‘potter’s gene,’ I envied the ease and skill with which she could produce breathtaking results.
I asked her once – hoping for some ‘secret revelation’ – how she did it. She simply smiled and shrugged and replied: “I’m not sure. I just see it deep inside me and let it out.” That is exactly how God knew us at the beginning of time. We existed in His sight. He knew, even then, who we would be, when we would be born, the path our lives would take and the choices we would make. Every single tiny detail of our lives existed within His consciousness – within His Spirit – even when ‘there were none of them.’
Whatever we may be going through right now, God knew long before. His knowing it means He has already prepared for it. Whatever need we may have already has it’s provision in God, even before we know we need it ourselves. Whatever calling is placed on our lives, God was preparing what we need to fulfill it since the ‘alpha of eternity.’ And He has been with us every step of the way, using each and every experience and circumstance to prepare us for it.
Nothing is haphazard with our God. Everything was already in His hands long before it ever came to pass. He is able to be the perfect guide, because He saw the days of our lives long before. This is how He is able to use all things to our good. This is how He is able to bring people into our lives just when we need them. This is how He is able to provide the miracles, the encouragement and the moments of victory. This is how He is able to be the I Am in our lives – the everything and all in all. Because He knows, intimately and completely.
There is not a single detail of our lives that He has not noted and prepared for. What a wonderful foundation for faith, for thanksgiving and for rejoicing. Knowing this truth enables us to praise Him in all circumstances, for though we may feel as if we are groping in the dark, He has seen it all before and is able to lead us through.
Father God, thank You for the assurance that have gone before, that You have seen the days fashioned for us, and have already prepared for each and every moment or need. Help us to rely always and only on You, secure in the knowledge that You know all, and that You hold us securely in Your hand.