I have been using this Bible memory plan to focus on key truths about God throughout each week. The first two passages, Psalm 139:1-4 and Romans 11:33-36, form a powerful pair. Together, they contrast God’s knowledge of me and my knowledge of God.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether” (Psalm 139:1-4).
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33-36).
I draw two contrasting truths from these passages–truths that compel me to bow in worship.
1. God’s knowledge of me exceeds my knowledge of myself. We humans are incredibly complex creatures. The science of the human body itself evokes fascination and wonder. Yet the biological complexity of a human is only part of the picture. The working of our minds presents a vast and often bewildering frontier for psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurosurgeons. It is ironic that we humans know so little about ourselves. We think we know our personalities, interests, likes and dislikes–only to be surprised as we continue to discover who we truly are. God’s knowledge of me is complete and thorough. He is not intimidated by my complexity. He has mastered me.
2. My knowledge of God will never be exhaustive. God is certainly knowable. It is his nature to reveal himself. But I can never know God fully. Paul’s rhetorical question expects a negative answer: No one has fully known the mind of the Lord. His ways and judgments will for all eternity remain a boundless frontier of exploration and delight.