No matter how you view God, it does not change the way God sees you. Once you realize the power in this statement, it will change the way you see life and how you live your life. I believe Psalm 139 is one of the most incredible verses in all of Scripture. In this passage, David describes how the Creator of the universe knows every detail of our lives. As a result, there is nowhere we can go to escape His presence on this side of eternity. He fleshes these thoughts out by reminding us that God sees us, He runs after us (or pursues our hearts), He uniquely designed us, and He knows our intentions and motives.
God sees you. Psalm 139:1-6
There is nothing God doesn’t see and know about you. So what should be our response? First, this should bring you into awe and freak you out a little bit. Even the thoughts you have thought that no one else knows about, God knows. There is no detail of your life that escapes God. Author and theologian J.I. Packer once said, “Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.”
God runs after you. Psalm 139:7-12
If someone sees the good, the bad, and everything in between, what might be one’s relationship with that person? A response could be to pursue a relationship with them in the good times and keep a safe distance in the challenging moments. Praise God He does not view things this way. Even after your greatest moments and your most difficult ones, God still runs after you. He pursues your heart. He holds onto you. After reading verses like these, a question that might come to mind is this: If God is all-present, why does He feel distant at times? When God feels distant, it might be more about where your heart is with Him rather than Him walking away from you. God runs after us even when we don’t pursue Him.
For David says of him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. —Acts 2:25
How can the Lord pursue you…because He goes ever before you. Because He is beside you. Because through Him, you can stand tall even in the toughest of moments.
God uniquely designed you. Psalm 139:13-18
Of the 7.8 billion people globally, you are individually, uniquely, and wonderfully, made by the God of the universe. The world likes to make you think that you are only worthy if you have worth to give. The Bible teaches something completely different in these verses. Don’t ever let someone tell you have no value or worth. Verse 14 teaches you are not only made, but you are remarkably and wonderfully made. You are loved. After reading verses like these, a question that might come to mind is this: If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why does evil exist? If all my days are written in are planned (verse 16) …then why are some days hard and some days all good? God loves you so much. He gave you the ability to have free will and to make choices.
God knows your intentions and motives. Psalm 139:19-24
Have you ever thought about why you do the things you do? God knows your heart and the motives behind your ways. Look at verse 21 and then at 23-24. Lord, don’t I hate those who hate you? Lord, search me and see if this is true of me. There will be moments in life where you feel close to God and live in ways that honor Him. There will also be moments where you and God probably don’t look that much alike. Yet, notice David’s prayer in these verses…that God would test him and know him so He can live a life that pleases God.
After reading verses like these, how should we respond? What should look different in our everyday lives?
These verses should change the way you worship. It should change your view of God and how you respond to God.
These verses should change the way you live. It should change the way you process decisions and what is most important to you.
These verses should change your relationships. It should change the way you see people and how you relate to them.
No matter how you view God, it does not change the way God sees you.