1 O 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.
These words are to me at this moment a most horrible thought: “You have searched me and know.” They are worked out in this Psalm, but not as my mind would work them out. I would follow that thought with what I know to be in me, a world of iniquity. This thought is in Scripture, and is by no means wrong to consider, but that is not the whole story about God’s intimate knowledge of us, and praise God it is not! We can view God’s knowledge of us in too negative of a light because we know our sinfulness, but the fact of God’s knowledge is a comforting thought as well. It is good that He knows us.
He knows when we sit down and rise up. If we are sitting down we are doing some activity – reading, watching TV, sleeping, and when we rise up we are about to go about some business – working in the yard or on the house, going to the store or to a friend’s house. The Lord knows when we do these things, He sees us in our every affair of life, in each “scene” of our life. He also understands what’s in our heads. If we are with someone most of the time they also know “when we sit down and rise up” and they may know a good deal about what we are thinking, but God knows our thoughts before they have even formed, before we know them!
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.
He also closely examines both our path and our resting place. We know our thoughts when we think them, but God thinks of them when we have forgotten them. We consider what we are doing only a little, but God scrutinizes what we do, He knows our ways intimately.
We begin to speak, our minds formulate our words – it is all new to us. But God has heard it before, He thinks our lines before we say them, like someone hearing a well known poem. We speak so much without thinking about what we are saying. We don’t have time to think about it all. But God has the lines memorized, before they have been uttered!