05/18/18 Too Wonderful to Consider

READING: Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145

“This wondrous knowledge is beyond me.It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.”

Psalm 139:6

As I write this devotion, I am a long way away from home. I’ve been traveling for a couple of weeks, and I find myself in a large city of another region of the world. I love urban culture, but it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the size of the city and the number of people residing therein. I’m just one of millions—and very few of the other millions even know I’m here. 

God knows where I am, however. In fact, He knows me incredibly intimately, according to the psalmist:

Lord, you have searched me and known me.                                                                                  You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away.
You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord.
You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me.
This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.”
 (Psa. 139:1-6)

It’s hard to comprehend, actually. God knows wherever I am, and I can never hide from Him. He knows if I’m sitting or standing. He knows my every thought, and He knows my words before I speak them. He watches over me personally, no matter how many people are in the world. In fact, He knew me before He made me—a most amazing thought. Because He so knows me and loves me, I, like the psalmist, ought to invite Him to search my heart and “see if there is any offensive way in me” (Psa. 139:24). 


  • Praise God for how intimately He knows you. 
  • Ask Him to search your heart today.

PRAYER:  “I pray with the psalmist, ‘Search me, God, and know my heart;test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensiveway in me;lead me in the everlasting way.’” 

TOMORROW'S READING: 1 Chronicles 27-29, Psalm 68

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