1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
Usually when we hear the word “exam” we get a little uneasy. Our mind and emotions think about a test at school or maybe a trip to the doctors office. When something is examined, the truth is revealed.
In verse 1 the word used for “examine” means “to examine with pain and care”. The Jewish people used it to describe digging into a mine, exploring a land, and investigating a legal case.
Take the first example. God digs deep into our soul and knows our very thoughts. He examines our hearts and knows us intimately. He knows our actions, our thoughts, and our motives.
The fact He knows all, means we are faced with our own failures and sin. It also means He knows what’s best for us.
Our response to His all knowing, ever present, presence can be the defining factor for our lives.
We can know, He is everywhere.
When things are bad, He is there.
When things are horrific, He is there.
When we celebrate, He is there.
Know that where ever today leads you, there is no where we can go where God is not present.
3 …You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
Live in His presence…
-Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, Job-Songs of Songs, (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook Publishing, 2001).