THE THREE “O’s” OF GOD…
Psalms 139:1-24 – “LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the Remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. 19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20 For they speak against You wickedly, And 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 the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” NASB
As this day begins to break forth, I am drawn to this Psalm and have been reflecting on it. Here we are reminded of the three “O’s” of God. His Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence. David’s first sentence reflected the Omniscience of God, “…You have searched me and known me.” David acknowledged that God knew everything about him, inside and out. He knew about every word, every deed, every thought, every character quality, and flaw. God knew him inside and out and it was almost more than David’s mind could contain.
David, acknowledged the Omnipresence of God beginning in verse 7, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” It wasn’t a prayer that was saying, “I want to escape you.” It was a prayer crying out in awe that there was nowhere he could go that God was not there and aware of his situation and surroundings.
David acknowledged the Omnipotence of God in verse 13 where he reminds us that God formed our inward parts while in our mother’s wombs. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are God’s design, not some evolutionary quirk and happening. God skillfully made each of us the way He chooses to make us so that we would be “unique” and “created in His image & likeness”.
David came to the end and cried out to the God that He recognized as being “all-knowing”, “ever-present” and “all-powerful” and said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; And see if there be any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” That is a prayer that fully acknowledges that God does know all, but it is David’s submission to that ALL-NESS of God! His desire to please God rises far above his fear of being found out. He wants God to examine his heart and transform him into the heart and character of God.
That should be our recognition today and our prayer. “God, I know that you know everything about me. You know all that I am, all that I do, and have all power. Now, I come humbly before you and ask that you reveal it to me and show me the path to take.” A prayer of the heart like that will lead us into the newness and nearness of God and truly make us “salt & light” in this hurting, needy, and dying world.
Blessings as you go through your weekend. Remember that He KNOWS, He SEES, and He CAN!
May the Lord Bless You and Keep as you embark on this beautiful day, He has provided…