God’s Perfect Vision

Psalm 139:1-6
O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

We might never touch anything if we could see things on a microscopic level all the time. Germs and tiny bugs and pieces of dirt cover almost every surface. But when we can’t see that closely, it doesn’t bother us what might be lurking right under our fingertips. It’s hard for us to imagine all that goes on right before our eyes, though unseen by us. But God sees us every day with a kind of microscopic vision. We are but tiny specks in the scope of all the created universes, and yet God sees each of us clearly. Not only that, but He looks deep into our hearts and can see things inside that we can’t even see ourselves. He knows all about everything we do, everything we say, and even everything we think. There is no part of us that God cannot see with His penetrating vision.

When our hearts and lives are right with God, this is a comforting thing. When we’re faithfully serving Him, He sees what we are doing and is pleased. When our thoughts are on Him and our lips sing His praises, He delights in that. When we feel small and alone, His presence draws nearer, and we know He is watching over us. In the midst of deep suffering or trials, He knows every detail, knows the pain in our hearts and ministers to our specific needs.

But if we are not living as close to God as we should be, perhaps this would be a troubling thought. There is no hiding our sinful thoughts and actions from God. He sees down to the smallest sin, the smallest stain on our hearts. So while it might be easy to ignore things not easily visible on the surface of our lives, sometimes it might be beneficial to borrow God’s magnifying glass and examine our hearts very closely to see what might be lurking out of sight.

Just as it is difficult to imagine all the tiny atoms we can’t see with the naked eye, it is difficult to comprehend God’s perfect vision. We only have access to our own thoughts and can hardly understand how another person’s mind works. We can’t hear each others’ inner monologues or know someone else’s life experiences. But God knows us in such a special way. His magnificent presence surrounds our tiny lives. And so we should desire to please Him in all He might see us do, think, and say.

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