There is no higher calling than to love and worship the infinite and personal God of creation and redemption. A.W. Tozer observed that what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. Our image of God shapes our spiritual direction and future and the time we spend in communion with Him forges that image.
If we unthinkingly take life for granted and lose our sense of wonder at God and His creation, our capacity to worship will atrophy. Psalm 139 captures David's ongoing amazement and wonder toward God. He writes, "O Lord You have searched me and known me" (106). As he reflects on the omniscience of God, David is overwhelmed by the truth that God has exposed him and intimately knows him. The same is true of us. He knows our actions, our words, our thoughts, and our motives. Such knowledge is overwhelming, not only because it is beyond our comprehension but also because it exposes the true intent of our hearts. God knows us through and through, including our darkest thoughts and deeds, and still loves us unconditionally.
Next, David writes, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?" (7-12). There is no escape; height or depth, day or night, past or future—nothing can conceal us from Him. This can be a disturbing thought, especially in times of disobedience and rebellion; the impulse to hide from God's presence dates back to the first sin (Genesis 3:8). But this truth can also be a source of great comfort and assurance because we know that as believers in Christ, we are never alone. We should find security in His enfolding presence.
Furthermore, David writes, "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well" (13-18). Here the psalmist praises God as the omnipotent Creator by a poetic description of the wonder of human birth. God wove us together in our mother's womb. His eyes saw our unformed substance and appointed all the days ordained for us. The all-powerful Lord of creation is worthy of worship and trust since nothing is too difficult for Him.
Finally, David writes, "Search me, O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way" (19-14). As he faces opposition, the psalmist wants to remove any doubt about his walk with God. Does He know my situation? Does He care? Am I committed to His purpose? The answer is a resounding yes. He knows us intimately and is present with us in any adversity we face. The Lord also knows what is in our hearts; we would be wise to follow David's practice of inviting Him to illuminate areas of disobedience and rebellion in our lives so that He can lead us in the everlasting way.
How rich is your image of God? Seek to enhance this image by daily meditating upon one of the Psalms. Commit to reading it slowly and thoughtfully. This will truly enrich your soul. Remember, our image of God shapes our spiritual direction and future and the time we spend in communion with Him forges that image.