Psalm 139:3 – Commentary

You Search Out My Path

I verses 1 and 2, David helps us understand that God’s knowledge of us is intimate and personal. It instant and constant and eternal. God knows us completely.

3 You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

In verse 1, David says that God has searched him and knows him. The Psalmists uses a different work in verse 3 for search.

In verse 1, the term means to search, to scrutinize over something. It implies that God’s knowledge of us is as complete as if someone had examined us or scrutinized us thoroughly.

In verse 3, however, the term means to scatter or spread out. It is a term used to describe the separation of the wheat from the chaff. The wheat and chaff would be tossed and the wind would separate the chaff by scattering it out. It is as if the wheat is being searched for by the removal of the chaff.

It is as if David is saying that God knows my path and my lying down and my ways by searching them like wheat from the chaff. The wind passes over our life and exposes the truth of our life.

Could this be a masked illusion of the Holy Spirit involvement? Throughout Scripture, the Holy Spirit is referred to as wind, breath of  God, etc. Is He the one who is winnowing our life to reveal the truth of our life path?

We know see that God’s knowledge of us is complete. He knows us as one who investigates us and examines us (Psalm 139:1). He knows us as one who is intimate with our actions and behavior to the point of knowing our thoughts (Psalm 139:2). He now knows our daily habits and routines (Psalm 139:3).

David has communicated that the God of the universe is intimately interested in me and you. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows us completely.

Take Away

1. Complete, exhaustive knowledge

It is comforting to know that God knows me. Deeply, completely and exhaustively, he knows me. Not just as an acquaintance or distant friend, but one who knows the secret places and knows my habits, but strengths and weaknesses. He is the only one to have knowledge of me that only I know.

And. . . yet he still wants to have a relationship with me.

The reality of his knowledge is overwhelming!

2. My Path is Known

Three year, Five year, Ten year plans are good, but he knows the path we will take. I am reminded of my life verse, Proverbs 16:9.

The heart of man plans his way,

but the Lord establishes his steps.

He knows the path. He is interested in the steps along that path more than the “plan.” It is known, but the path is important. The path is the process, the method of being developed into the man He has called me to be.

He knows the path . . . I need to follow it!

Final Thoughts

The more I learn about how much God knows me, there are multiple feels that bubble to the surface of my heart. I feel embarrassed at what God knows of me. I feel nervous . . . as if you realize your parents just learned of your sin. I feel encouraged that HE KNOWS and loves me any way.

But above all others, I am overwhelmed that the God of the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knows me and loves me. He desires for me to live with him and to fellowship with Him.

He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and ME!

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