You Have Searched Me
King David: A Man of Deep Faith
The bible describes King David as a courageous leader, a giant-defeating warrior, a wise man who led God’s people to safety and prosperity, and a musician and writer of the Psalms. He wrote with a secret depth that easily touches our hearts. He was also a great sinner, an adulterer, a liar, a seducer, and a murderer.
King David was never defined by his sin, but as a man having faith in God’s grace. David knew he was a sinner and could not save himself. David’s faith brought him to the realization that he needed a Savior to rule his life and he became a man after God’s heart. Many Old Testament scholars report that David, directed by the Holy Spirit, authored close to half of the Psalms. The Psalms were originally sung in temples to worship God and they were filled with adoration, thanksgiving, and praise. They also spoke of conflict, sorrow, and most importantly, victory. David understood the importance of repentance and his need for God’s grace to cover his sins as witnessed in his prayer for God’s mercy and everlasting forgiveness exemplified in Psalm 51:1-2:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
It is not surprising that David’s deep faith brought about an intimate relationship with his Creator that is eloquently articulated in Psalm 139. In the first verse he says, “O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.” This declaration describes the God that spoke the entire creation into existence in the Genesis account in all omnipotence and knows the man He created out of the dust of the earth on a personal level. He knows every minute detail about us. He knows our thoughts from afar (verse 2) and our words before we speak them (verse 4). David’s faith brings us to the knowledge that our Creator can peel layers in our hearts deeper than we can go and knows every secret we keep hostage. He is intimately involved in our wellbeing and this knowledge is “too wonderful” and “high” that we can never attain it (verse 6).
Woven through this intimate message of David’s faith in Psalm 139 is a humble submission to his wonderful Creator who possesses the infinite knowledge of the past, present, and future. He submits to the acknowledgement that God is omnipresent by stating in verse 7, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or can I flee from your presence?”
We are never alone; even though we might feel isolated physically or emotionally, God is ultimately with us. He is not only with us, but He will lead us and hold us up even in the darkness and confusion of the world as David declares, “Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (verse 10) The message here is that you and I are protected as He holds us in His right hand. Why do we worry about the enemy when all we have to do is put all our trust in our Savior? Our union with Him will bring total peace, comfort, and joy that the world could never replace or separate us from.
David’s dynamic faith also brings him to personal awareness of his Creator and Savior’s infinite works in Psalm 139:13-18. He takes us to the time when every man first came into existence, when we were actually made by God who formed our inward parts in our mother’s womb (verse 13).
Without exception, every human being was intimately formed by God in the secret place - in his or her mother’s womb. It causes one to conclude that our Lord made us who we are.
Our true identity is in God, not in man. No wonder He is considered our heavenly Father as we are taught to pray to our Lord and Savior in Matthew 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” And let us not forget that God sanctified the woman’s womb by coming to earth, conceived by the Holy Spirit, to begin His ministry on earth as a helpless infant. He would grow into maturity just like us with his sole mission to be our teacher and sacrificial lamb for the atonement for our sins.
The Word Became Flesh
God becoming man by taking human form is a mystery of all mysteries. His love was so great that he created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27) and then came down to earth, taking the same image he preordained so that all could experience Him and know that they had a Savior. His ultimate purpose was to save us, even to the point of suffering pain and torture such that he was disfigured unrecognizable, as Isaiah prophesized around 750 BC, “Just as many were astonished at you; So His visage was marred more than any man, and this form more than the sons of man.” (Isaiah 52:14)
He was humiliated, naked, nailed to the cross on Calvary, and put to death for our sins so that all can see His love. He then took that same body and resurrected it from the dead so that all those who trust in His love would defeat death and be with Him in eternity with a new body.
It is no wonder that the human body has always been a marvel of exquisite design, capturing the attention of many who are curious about how it works. It is a masterpiece of engineering that works with efficiency and outmatches any human machine ever designed. It is an enigma because this exquisite machine thinks, loves, solves problems, and has a moral conscience and a soul.
WE ALL BEGAN WITH A SINGLE MICROSCOPIC CELL THAT CONTAINED THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION NEEDED TO BEGIN THE JOURNEY OF LIFE.
The human body defeats any evolutionary concept that we came from primates when you simply observe what humans have accomplished in the past and present and what will be accomplished in the future.
There is a tremendous gap between humans and primates that grows cosmically larger as more data is accumulated over time. King David certainly understood that man had a special place in creation as he proclaimed in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
We all began with a single microscopic cell that contained the specific information needed to begin the journey of life. This process is centered on predetermined information in the DNA furnished by our biological parents that makes up our genes. This one cell not only has the information needed to create our physical make-up, but it is also driven to multiply until death.
All living things, from tiny microbes to larger creatures like elephants, have this capacity to live on earth that could only come from God who is the author of all life. David acknowledges it as a hidden place that man cannot approach where life is wrought from basic molecules for every creature. Man is clearly made in an extraordinary manner to manifest God’s glory as David states, “My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:15)
It is clear from this Psalm that the formation of man was not begun by some chance mechanism like
winning the lottery, but there had to be an infinite outside intelligence to create life with one cell. There is no natural evolutionary mechanism that explains how one cell produced two cells, four, or sixteen until we had many different cells that would comprise the different tissues needed to build well-deigned organs like the brain, heart, skin, bones, muscles, and others. These organs were not randomly formed, but intricately designed to work together as highly functional systems that operate on such a sophisticated level that it could have only been ordained by God. It is the language of life that can only be witnessed in the DNA of every cell. God has written in His book of life so that we can see His plan revealed as David wisely reported, “Your 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.” (Psalm 139:16)
In this Psalm 139, David portrays that God has chosen man to have a special relationship with Himself. It is not based on us, our own worth as humans, or what we have done, but it is only by God’s grace that we have a true identity in Christ. David gives a more cosmic picture of God’s grace when he shares how God has singled out man in this gigantic universe: “For you have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:5)
In all the space, matter, and time that God has made, He has placed a crown of glory on His image-bearer man. In the preceding verse 4, David asks the vital question, “What is man that You are mindful of Him?” It comes down to the simple concept that God seeks us out with His Spirit so that He can have a relationship with us. Our faith is based on this divine hope: “By this we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)
The Cosmos Calling
It is amazing to see God’s splendor in the Heavens being proclaimed in the vastness of space as David wrote in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Today we can observe a vast universe, bringing us to the realization that God’s handiwork is so big that it can easily approach infinity. When we examine the universe, we see stars numbering too many to count with estimates of 10 to 200 sextillion on the low and high side. This number is so huge that it is equivalent to 1 followed by 22 zeros, or the number of sand grains on planet earth multiplied by 10 or 100 depending upon the estimate. We look at how much space these stars occupy by simply observing the distance our neighbor, the closest star, Alpha Centauri measures: 4.3 light years (25.5 trillion miles). Just imagine multiplying the number of stars by 4.3 trillion miles and it will equal a number so large that it is unimaginable. King David understood that God, in His glory and splendor, would be big enough to forgive sinners like you and I. He would leave His majestic heavenly throne, come to earth, and become like one of us in order to be the final bloody sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
It was Christ who created the earth to support all forms of life and provide water and a stable atmosphere to store oxygen gas in the exact ratios needed to provide the basic energy for air-breathing organisms like you and I.
He provided protection from solar flares with a magnetic field and situated our solar system in a position of safety and perfection in the Milky Way galaxy so that we could observe the splendor of the universe. This love can only come from the one true God who wants everyone to not only see His glory, but also to join Him in eternity. King David magnified this thought in the praises he wrote and wanted everyone to sing.
When we think of Christ’s birth on earth, it brings us to the reality of the true measure of the Gospel which is centered on our Messiah entering our world so that all can witness and experience His infinite love. He did it so we can identify with Him and know the meaning of the season when we celebrate how the Creator of the Universe became our Savior. This is the real reason for Christmas joy, happiness, and love for others. Most importantly, it is a time to reflect how we love our God with all our heart, mind, and soul.
As we close out this year, we are praying and trusting that God will bless our 30 years of impacting
the community and the world with the truths of Creation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please consider partnering with us with a donation of $35 or more and we will make available the inspiring, encouraging, and beautiful DVD production The Call of the Cosmos. This wonderful resource is an unforgettable exploration of God and the universe that everyone needs to experience. You will witness what King David wrote about: God’s glory in the heavens.
Please keep praying for our CSI ministry that God will continue to guide and direct us as we excitedly anticipate how God will bless His ministry in 2019.
Yours in Christ,
Executive Director of CSI