Psalms 1:6 - “The Lord Knows”
Studying the Hebrew language can be very rewarding and it often leads to incredible insights about God and His Word. Many Hebrew words are sermons all in themselves. And then there are words that confound the wise. Hebrew has many words that cover such a broad range of meaning that we really have a difficult time nailing down a precise definition of them.
I’d like to introduce you to the Hebrew word “yada”. Its primary meaning is “to know” and it occurs nearly 1000 times in the Old Testament. In my studies, I have found that translators of the Bible use 114 different English translations to convey exactly what that means.
Yes, that’s 114.
"Yada" is used here. When Psalms 1 tells you that God knows you, it means so much more than just knowing about you. It means He knows you intimately and exhaustively. He knows everything about you.
“O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.”
It would be a great idea for you to read the entire chapter of Psalms 139 today. Everyone should have some understanding of what that Psalm teaches. The picture of a God who knows every detail about you and still loves you is overwhelming.
God perceives, understands, sees, recognizes, realizes, acknowledges, notices, observes …
He KNOWS you.
Tomorrow: what that means for us in terms of eternity.