God Knows Everything
For the director of music. A song of David.
1Lord, you have examined me.
You know all about me.
2You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
3You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know well everything I do.
4Lord, even before I say a word,
you already know what I am going to say.
5You are all around me—in front and in back.
You have put your hand on me.
6Your knowledge is amazing to me.
It is more than I can understand.
7Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
Where can I run from you?
8If I go up to the skies, you are there.
If I lie down where the dead are, you are there.
9If I rise with the sun in the east,
and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10even there you would guide me.
With your right hand you would hold me.
11I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
The light around me will turn into night.”
12But even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as light as the day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13You made my whole being.
You formed me in my mother’s body.
14I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.
I know this very well.
15You saw my bones being formed
as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
were written in your book
before I was one day old.
17God, your thoughts are precious to me.
They are so many!
18If I could count them,
they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
I am still with you.
19God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
Get away from me, you murderers!
20These men say evil things about you.
Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
21Lord, I hate those who hate you.
I hate those who rise up against you.
22I feel only hate for them.
They are my enemies.
23God, examine me and know my heart.
Test me and know my thoughts.
24See if there is any bad thing in me.
Lead me in the way you set long ago.