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Knowing and Serving God

August 12

GOD'S OMNISCIENCE

Great is our LORD, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
Psalm 147:5

Another of God's great attributes is His omniscience. God knows all things, and His knowledge is always absolute knowledge. It is perfect knowledge, a complete knowledge of everything.

There are very many statements of this, of course, in the Scriptures. Take, for instance, Psalm 147:5: "His understanding is infinite." Then in Proverbs 15:3 we read, "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."

The Bible tells us quite a lot in detail about this knowledge, this omniscience of God. For instance, it tells us about God's knowledge of nature: "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names" (Psalm 147:4). But let me give you another example. Do you remember those tender words of our Lord in which He tells us that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without our Father's knowing it (Matthew 10:29)? Everything in the realm of nature is known by God. It is quite inconceivable to us, but the Bible asserts this is true of God. Look up into the heavens on a starry night and see all that multiplicity of stars. He knows them, every one, and He has a name for every one. There is nothing in creation but that God knows it in that intimate and personal sense.

But we are obviously more interested in God's knowledge of us and of our human experience. Psalm 139 is very eloquent here. The psalmist says, "Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off" (verse 2). My very thought! He knows all about me. "Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways" (verse 3). Indeed, he goes further in verse 4 and says, "For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether." What an exact and detailed knowledge God has of us!

A Thought to Ponder
God knows all things, and His knowledge is always absolute knowledge.

From God the Father, God the Son, p. 63.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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