“Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely,
An astounding statement! It reveals how intimately God knows us. It also underlines the truth that God is fully aware, in advance, of everything that will happen to each person all the time. Nothing takes God by surprise – ever.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of imagining God as rather like ourselves, only slightly bigger and better. That could not be further from the truth. We need to enlarge our vision. God knows every thought of every person alive in the world today, all the time. God knows every word spoken and about to be spoken. God knows every deed of today, and every deed that will take place tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after, and forever. God is that big, and bigger. And yet His glory and power do not result in His overlooking anyone – not you, not me. He is totally and passionately concerned about, and focussed on, each one of us.
That does not mean that we are mere puppets jerking to His controls. Not in the least. He started by giving man and woman freedom of choice, and He has never taken that away from us. But He still knows what we are going to do with it – and what we could! When the psalmist wonderered,
“What is man that You are mindful of him” (Psalm 8:4)
he was both expressing wonder and making a statement of fact. The fact is that God is mindful of man – of men, women and children – each and every one of us. This is wonderfully underlined in the way that Jesus reached out to them and loved and ministered to them. Not one was ignored or overlooked. God does desire to be intimately involved in each of our lives, to meet us where we are, show us the way forward and to strengthen and encourage us along the Way. And He knows how best to do so.
However, not only do we stand in awe at God’s greatness in this respect, we also find in it a wonderful security. Unlike human relationships God knows everything that there is to know about us – past, present and future. There is nothing to be revealed or that will occur of which He is not already fully aware. And so His love for us is safe, sure and secure. When we turn to Him through Jesus His warm and welcoming embrace is eternal.
We do need to enlarge our vision of God, and then live with it and from it.
Open my eyes Lord that I may see!
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”