"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" -Psalm 139:6
This chapter of the bible has long been one of my favorites. In it I have found the warm comfort of being known, of being purposefully created, of being wonderfully made, and of being without escape from God's presence.
Within the 24 verses of Psalm 139 I have found my identity as a child adored.
There is a point, though, where I sit back and think, "I don't get it. I can't comprehend this!" I try to sit still. I try to drink a great amount of coffee just before meditating on the implications found wedged within these verses. I try to close my eyes and focus, using every scrap of mind control to chase the thoughts of a Creator truly knowing me, even my thoughts and my intentions, and always being with me.
It is useless.
It is impossible to understand and I find myself sharing David's bafflement in verse 6.
It has never bothered me, though, that I can't wrap my brain around God's omniscience and omnipresence. I have accepted that these things are too high for me, too lofty for me to attain or grasp or understand.
I have recently heard people arguing over verses and themes in the bible and I am reminded of others that I have known in the past who pick and pick at the Word of God as if they could ever possibly know it all. In fact there are some people that I have known who are so insecure that they would give off the feeling that they actually do have it all figured out, implying that only their answers to some of the most debated topics of the bible are the right answers.
While I think our knowledge of the Word is without question, one of the most important factors in our Christian lives, there has to be a point, on some things, where we throw our hands up and say, "It is impossible for me to understand this."
But be careful when you do, because it can be humbling. If you pride yourself in the amount knowledge you can horde or if you love to debate your friends or if you find your identity in what you know or even if you just need to know the details of how things work then this statement may bring you to your knees.
Would that really be so bad though?
If we were to remember that He is not only "best friend God" but He is my Creator who has thoughts and intentions and purposes so great that they easily dwarf my finite brain.
That would not be so bad to be humbled by such a God. What other God would I want to serve but one who blows my mind?
Because only a God who could confound the greatest thinkers of this world could grasp and put into motion the steps it would take to provide our rescue.
So I will stick with the Savior to whom David wrote this Psalm and agree
"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!"
(This is my newest blog in a weekly series where I share my thoughts behind some of my favorite scriptures out of the bible. If you want to see why I've started this weekly undertaking you can go back and read my blog called "Pirates And Their Knots...")