THE ALL-KNOWING GOD.
Psl. 139 where our text for today was taken is an interesting part of the scripture which reveals one of the awesome power of God. We know that our God is the Almighty, but that’s not all about him. An awesome part of him is his all-knowing nature.
In the nature of God, he knows the ending from the beginning and that is why he is called the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8,11; 21:6; 22:13)
In his all-knowing power, he knows you before you were formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). So, there is absolutely nothing hidden from God. He was the one who covered us in our mother’s womb. (Psl. 139:13)
No amount of darkness can keep anything away from him because darkness and light are the same before him. (Psl. 139:12)
The whole of Psl. 139 teaches a great lesson. It teaches us that, no matter what we are experiencing, no matter what we are going through, God knows it all. (Psl. 139:2-4). Instead of getting worried about the ugly situation, tell the all-knowing God about it. Even before you ask, he already knows what you need (Matthew 6:8). All that is needed is for you to do your part wholehearted in your prayers. What you need is already ready but you can’t access it until you request it in prayers. (Matthew 7:7) 1 John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desired of him.”
We may say since God knows about our needs before we ask and also our troubles before we pray, why couldn't he just give us our desires before we pray or save us from troubles before we ever fall into them. The answer to this is that He wants us to trust Him by asking and not to rely on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). God is able to keep that which is entrusted to Him. The Apostle Paul, while going through persecution because of the gospel, said in 2Timothy 1:12 that “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Peter would have remained in prison and even been killed if prayers were not made for him without ceasing by the Church. (Acts 12:5). Does it mean God was not aware of Peter’s persecution and arrest by Herod? Of Course, he knew but there is a need to reckon him as the all-knowing and almighty God through our prayers. When we pray, we show reverence to him as the one who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ever ask. (Ephesians 3:20)
Father, please help me to trust you more in prayers and to know that everything I need is in you because you know my rising up and my sitting down. (Psl. 139:2) Amen.