This week, we will begin to focus on worship and how we can grow closer to God through a life of personal worship. The Book of Psalms is the songbook of Israel, and there is much here that can teach us about worship. Psalm 139 is a beautiful psalm of personal worship.
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. (Psalm 139:1-6)
The Christian life is one of worship, which is the practice of offering our praise to God for who He is. It involves seeing something beautiful about God and then telling God that we see it. When we see something admirable, we impulsively express our praise. So it is when we encounter God. And because God is eternal, there is always something new for us to see. In this case, the writer of this psalm celebrates the fact that God is fully knowledgeable about us. The specific word for this characteristic is omniscience, the ability to know everything, a trait that only God possesses. It is a joy to know that God knows everything about us and loves us.
Lord God, you have created me and know me. Let this truth be the foundation of my worship and a joy to my soul.
When no one understands us, we can become anxious, angry, or depressed. But God understands. God created us, both body and soul. He knows us better than we know ourselves. It is a joy to be understood so thoroughly. Whenever we approach God in prayer, we do not need to worry that He will not understand us or the circumstances we are facing. In fact, we can wait upon God to share his understanding with us. Also, when we worship, we can celebrate God’s knowledge of us. Whether we are in corporate worship at church or in private worship at home, knowing that God knows us so completely can be a source of peace to the soul.