Today we might say, “I can’t wrap my head around it.” Three thousand years ago, King David put it this way:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:6
Such knowledge… Psalm 139:6
What “extraordinary knowledge” (HCSB) might that be? The verses that come before it describe His mind-boggling wisdom. “Knowledge like this” (ISV):
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Right. “That kind of knowledge” (CEB). A deep and intimate understanding of who we are, what we do, where we go, how we think, and even what we’re going to say. Yikes.
“How well you know me” (NIRV), Lord, even as You surround me on all sides, even as You place Your hand on me.
Such a thing would be terrifying if He didn’t love us. But He does love us. Completely.
…is too wonderful for me… Psalm 139:6
Too wonderful. Too glorious. “Too amazing for me” (ISV), and way “too great for me to understand!” (NLT).
Isn’t that the truth of it? Just when I begin to think of God as my friend and companion, His Word reminds me He is also King of kings and Lord of lords and Creator of the universe and…and…and.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” Romans 11:33
Beloved, if we’re not astounded by His infinite wisdom and overwhelmed by His boundless knowledge, we’re not looking in the right direction.
…too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:6
Like the hills and mountains pictured here, God’s wisdom is “so high above me” (CEB) and so far “beyond me” (CSB), I can never hope to reach the summit.
I can study it, admire it, point people to it, but “I cannot grasp it” (EHV), no matter how much effort I expend, and “I cannot fathom it” (ISV) by any earthly measurement.
Even if I spend the whole of my life trying, “I can’t take it all in!” (MSG)
That’s exactly the kind of God I’m grateful to serve. Too majestic, too high, too wonderful to wrap my head around. But never too much.
Heavenly Father, You are everywhere and You are everything. You know us better than we know ourselves. Seeing You high and lifted up, we are humbled and put in our rightful place. When our hearts are heavy, raise our heads so we look toward You for comfort. When our minds are spinning with worries and concerns, guide our thoughts in Your direction and fill us with Your peace. Amen and amen.
I have a special giveaway for September — three new books for teen girls and young women, meant for you to share with someone you love and want to encourage. Wait It Out by Jamie Grace, Show Up for Your Life by Chrystal Evans Hurst, and Radiant by Priscilla Shirer.
Since this post is all about knowledge, my question for you is one posed by Chrystal in her book: What would you tell your teenage self? What do you know now you wish you’d known then? Scroll down to share your thoughts. Although I chose a winner on September 17, I would still love to read what you have to say.
Thanks for joining me for another wonderful month in God’s Word!
Your sister, Liz
P.S. If you missed our September 4th Wonderful Wednesday on Facebook LIVE, watch and/or listen as we meet Joanna and Susanna from Luke 8. And I’d love to see you in person at one of my fall events. Details here. Finally, if you’ve not read my latest book, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, it’s a perfect fit for fall and on sale right now for just $6.87!