We are continuing our exposition on Psalms 139. Today is verse two, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off”. To read the commentary on verse one, “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me“ go to, Searching for Gold
God not only knows what we are doing but He also knows the motivation of why we are doing it. Regardless of the situation or how we may justify it to ourselves, God knows our intent and purposes and discerns the reasoning’s.
God, “understandest my thought afar off”. Proximity has no bearing on God’s ability to know and see everyone inside and out. Regardless of saint or sinner God, “is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Our relationship with God or lack thereof, does not affect what God sees.
“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts…..He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.” Psalm 10:4, 11
“And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?” Psalm 73:11
“Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?” Isaiah 29:15
The fool finds comfort in his ignorance. The fool finds refuge in his belief that what he does is not seen or known of God. God knows everything.
“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Romans 3:3) To which the Apostle Paul answers with, “God forbid!”
“Though my thoughts be never so foreign and distant from one another, thou understandest the chain of them, and canst make out their connexion, when so many of them slip my notice that I myself cannot.” Matthew Henry.
“thou understandest my thought afar off”.
The word, “thought” comes from the Hebrew word “rea” signifying friend or companion.
For example, “Rea” was used as ‘friend” in Job, “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10.
The etymology of the word “rea” comes “ra’ah” meaning pasture or graze.
The sum of all this makes a simple statement; what are our most common thoughts? What thoughts and ideas do have roaming around in or minds, feeding on fodder of the malcontent? Not necessarily acted upon but commonly thought upon. Do we have dirty deeds not quite done but feeding, festering in our mind?
God knows everything.
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