“Search me, O God.”

Psalm 139

Hagar in the desert learned the omniscience of God, and exclaimed, “Thou God seest me:” it will profit us if we meditate at this time upon that solemn truth, as we find it written out at large in—

Psalm 139:1-3

Rising or resting, God beholds me. Awake or asleep, his eye is upon me!

Psalm 139:4

Not only the words on my tongue which have been uttered, but those in my tongue which as yet have not been sounded. The words I mean to speak he knows.

Psalm 139:13

The most secret parts of my being thou dost penetrate with a glance:

Psalm 139:15

Our bodily frame is like a very skilful piece of embroidery “curiously wrought;” its nerves, veins, and muscles are fashioned with divine art. At our first formation the wisdom of the Lord was present, working all things with benevolent design. He who made the watch understands it, and even thus the Creator knows all the secret workings of our souls.

Psalm 139:18

The omniscient eye is not that of an enemy, but an eye which watches over us to do us good. The Lord’s heart is never removed from his people: he thinks upon them to bless them.

Psalm 139:19

Since the Lord sees and punishes the wicked, we should not be found in their company, lest we share in their doom.

Psalm 139:20

And this they do in the Lord’s own presence, thus provoking him to his face.

Psalm 139:22

A faithful servant of God has the same interests, the same friends, and the same enemies as his Master.

Psalm 139:23-24

This is the way in which to derive gracious advantage from that attribute of God which to the sinner is full of terror. Since the Lord will pardon all the sins of believers in Jesus, we are glad that he should see them all, so that he may completely and effectually remove them.


Lord, thou hast search’d and seen me through;

Thine eye commands with piercing view

My rising and my resting hours,

My heart and flesh, with all their powers.


Within thy circling power I stand;

On every side I find thy hand;

Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,

I am surrounded still with God.


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