God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, #Job 10:3, 8You have searched me and known me.
2#Ps. 17:3; Jer. 12:3You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You #2 Kin. 19:27understand my thought afar off.
3#Is. 66:18; Matt. 9:4You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
4For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, #Job 14:16; 31:4You know it altogether.
5You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
6#(Heb. 4:13)Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
7#Job 42:3; Ps. 40:5Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8#(Jer. 23:24; Amos 9:2–4)If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
#(Amos 9:2–4)If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12Indeed, #(Job 26:6; Prov. 15:11)the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15#Job 26:6; 34:22; (Dan. 2:22; Heb. 4:13)My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17#Job 10:8, 9; Eccl. 11:5How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
19Oh, that You would #(Ps. 40:5; Rom. 11:33)slay the wicked, O God!
#(Is. 11:4)Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20For they #Ps. 119:115speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21#Jude 15Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23#2 Chr. 19:2Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And #Job 31:6; Ps. 26:2lead me in the way everlasting.