by Henry T. Blackaby Return to Articles

Every believer should read and reread Psalm 139 on a regular basis. It is David’s beautiful description of God’s perfect and divine knowledge of Him and His ways:

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me…. You understand my thought afar off…. And are acquainted with all my ways.”

The rest of David’s Psalm describes in careful detail every aspect of his life as being in the hand of his loving God. To know this is wonderful! But to live by the truth of this is even more wonder–filled. David says his thoughts, words, paths, physical makeup and enemies are all known to God and carefully guided by God. He thus concludes, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.”

How secure our life really is when we choose to believe and trust in such a relationship with God. And what a witness to a watching world when we live out this love relationship, releasing our life to God and letting Him express His goodness to us -– and through us.

Many in the world today desperately are searching for God so they can experience Him in this way. They don’t know how to find Him and know Him even though He has promised:

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

It is therefore all the more imperative that we live out our lives for God, releasing ourselves to Him and His almighty purposes. God’s desire is to place us alongside these who are seeking Him diligently that they will find Him in us. For Christ said, “He who receives you receives Me, and He who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (Matthew 10:40).

Let us in the days ahead live lives completely released to God. May they be filled with His love and His wonders that a lost world can find and experience. And may our prayer — for God’s glory — be that of David’s:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;

“Try me, and know my anxieties;

“And see if there is any wicked way in me;

“And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

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