When you look out at our world, do you sense that something is wrong? Do you wonder if God’s power and control have taken a vacation? Do you get worried when God is not present when and where you want him to be? What about when God doesn’t show up in all of his power and glory as you have asked him to do? How are we to trust the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God when he doesn’t appear to be present in all of his power? I will attempt to answer that question by looking at Psalm 139. I want to share with you three ways to trust God’s sovereignty.
1. In order to trust God’s sovereignty, we must reflect on God’s knowledge of us.
Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) states, “O LORD, you have searched me 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 know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” This part of the psalm describes God’s omniscience and specifically his knowledge about us. God has made a close investigation of our being; therefore, he knows everything about us and nothing is concealed from him. The Hebrew word translated “discern” means to sift out. It refers to that ancient farming method of throwing the wheat into the air to sift out the chaff, thus leaving only the good wheat. So God has closely investigated our life and has sifted the chaff out of our life. God examines us, discerns us, judges us, knows us, goes before us, follows us, and still chooses to place his loving and protective hand upon us. Therefore, you can trust God’s sovereignty over your life because God knows everything about you and still chooses to love you.
2. In order to trust God’s sovereignty, we must rest in God’s presence with us.
Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV) states, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” This part of the psalm describes God’s omnipresence and specifically his presence with us. David is not asking this question about fleeing from God because he wants to escape God’s presence; instead, he is asking it to emphasize the impossibility of escaping from God’s presence. David mentions these extremes of height and depth, east and west, dark and light, to emphasize that God’s presence is everywhere. There is nowhere we can go to avoid the presence of God. Therefore, you can trust God’s sovereignty over your life because God’s presence is with you.
3. In order to trust God’s sovereignty, we must remember God’s power to create us.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV) states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” This part of the psalm describes God’s omnipotence and specifically his power to create us. David remembers that God created him in the womb. The words “knit together” and “woven together” give us the picture of a person weaving a basket or a carpet with many colors. So David envisions God as a master weaver putting us together in the womb. The Hebrew word translated “wonderfully” means to distinguish or to separate. It is the idea that humans are distinguished and separate from all other works of creation. David also describes God as having a book in which our life is designed and fully thought out. Even when our body was unformed, just an embryo in the womb, God’s vison for us was already set in place. So yes, you can trust God’s sovereignty over your life because he created you in the womb.
This psalm of David teaches us that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. God is sovereign. It is not a matter of trusting our circumstances or our own perspective; instead, it is a matter of trusting God in the face of our circumstances. Trust God’s sovereignty over your life.