The Marvelous Omniscience of God!

Psalm 147:2-6

(All Scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated)

What does it mean that God is omniscient? It means that God knows all! Here is how Psalm 147:2 through 6 describes it:

     The LORD...heals the brokenhearted and binds up their 
     wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls 
     them all by name. Great is our LORD, and mighty in 
     power; His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifts 
     up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

Let’s take this Scripture phrase by phrase. But I will not take the phrases in order, for we will establish God’s omniscience first, and then apply it – all according to what these verses say.

  • Psalm 147:4 – “…He counts the number of the stars….” The idea is, God counts exactly the number of stars! How many stars are there in the universe? According to the website, The%20number%20of%20stars%20in,stars%20in%20the%20 observable%20 universe!
     Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has approximately 100 bil-
     lion stars in it, but...There are about 10 billion 
     galaxies in the observable universe! The number of 
     stars in a galaxy varies, but assuming an average of 
     100 billion stars per galaxy means that there are 
     about 1,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 bil-
     lion trillion) stars in the observable universe!...
     This amount is about equal to the number of grains 
     of sand on ALL of the beaches on planet Earth!

And that is in the observable universe! We can probe into space with telescopes about 13.7 billion light years! How many stars, how many galaxies are beyond what we can probe is anyone’s guess!

God is omniscient!

  • Psalm 147:4 – “…He calls them all by name.” “Jim, Harry, Scott, Mildred, Sally, Patricia, Starlette (that one fits!)…” and on and on, every star is named! There aren’t that many names to go around, are there? But God does it, naming every one…..and remembering every name! He must have one stupendous mind!

God is omniscient!

  • Psalm 147:5 – “Great is our LORD….His greatness is beyond description! But I will try to give a few Biblical examples. Here are twelve Scriptures:
     ✡    Deuteronomy 10:17 – “For the LORD your God is 
           God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, 
           mighty and awesome....”

     ✡    I Samuel 7:22 – “...You are great, O LORD God, 
           for there is none like You, nor is there any 
           God besides You....”

     ✡    Nehemiah 9:32 – “...our God, the great, the 
           mighty, and awesome God....”

     ✡    Psalm 47:2 – “...the LORD Most High is awesome; 
           He is a great King over all the earth.”

     ✡    Psalm 95:3 – “...the LORD is the great God, and 
           the great King above all gods.”

     ✡    Psalm 147:5 – “Great is our LORD, and mighty 
           in power; His understanding is infinite.”

     ✡    Jeremiah 10:6, 7 – “...there is none like You, 
           O LORD (You are great, and Your name is great 
           in might). Who would not fear You, O King of 
           the nations?”

     ✡    Jeremiah 32:18 – “...the Great, the Mighty God, 
           whose name is the LORD of hosts.”

     ✡    Malachi 1:11 – “...from the rising of the sun, 
           even to its going down...My name shall be great 
           among the nations.... Luke 1:32, 33 – “He will be great, and will be 
           called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God 
           And He will reign over the house of David for-
           ever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.	   Hebrews 4:14 – “...we have a great High Priest
           ...Jesus the Son of God....	   Revelation 15:3 – “Great and marvelous are Your 
           works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your 
           ways, O King of saints! 

God is omniscient!

  • Psalm 147:5 – “…our LORD…is…mighty in power….
     ✡    Toward the beginning of this Gem it says “...He 
           counts the number of the stars....” But He also 
           created them in the first place! Here is what 
           is written in Isaiah 40:26: (New American Stan-
           dard Bible).

              Lift up your eyes on high and see who has 
              created these stars, The One who leads forth 
              their host by number, He calls them all by 
              name; because of the greatness of His might 
              and the strength of His power, not one of 
              them is missing.

     ✡    According to Genesis 1:3, “Then God said...and 
           whatever He said came to be! So by His Word all 
           creation came into being!

     ✡    Jeremiah 32:27 – “Behold, I am the LORD, the God 
           of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for 

     ✡    Jeremiah 32:17 – “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have 
           made the heavens and the earth by your power 
           and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard 
           for You.✞     It is by His Word that God created everything! 
           What (or who) is His Word? According to John 
           1:1 and 14, “In the beginning was the Word, and 
           the Word was with God, and the Word was God....
           And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
           ....The Word is Jesus Christ! Now what does 
           it say about God’s power through the Word, His 
           Son Jesus Christ?    

          ➔    John 1:3 – “All things were made by Him, 
                and without Him nothing was made that was 

          ➔    Colossians 1:16, 17 – “For by Him all 
                things were created that are in heaven 
                and that are on earth...all things were 
                created through Him and for Him.  And 
                He is before all things, and in Him all 
                things consist.”

          ➔    Hebrews 1:1-3 – “God...has appointed...
                His Son...heir of all things, through 
                whom He made the worlds; who...[is] up-
                holding all things by the word of His 

God is omniscient!

  • Psalm 147:5 – “…His understanding is infinite.” So great is God’s understanding that we are told in Proverbs 3:19, “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.” Here are two other Old Testament Scriptures that speak of the LORD’s understanding:
     ✡    Isaiah 40:28 (International Standard Version) 
           – “The LORD is the eternal God, the Creator of 
           the ends of the earth. He does not grow tired 
           or weary; and His understanding cannot be 

     ✡    Jeremiah 51:15 – God...made the earth by His 
           power; He has established the world by His 
           wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by His 

What does it mean for us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ? He understands us completely!

     ✡    Psalm 139 is worth a close reading.  Here are 
           some portions:

          ➔    Verses 1through 4 – “LORD, You have 
                searched me and known me. You know my 
                sitting down and my rising up; You un-
                derstand my thoughts afar off. You 
                comprehend my path and my lying down, 
                and are acquainted with all my ways.  
                For there is not a word on my tongue, 
                but behold, O LORD, You know it alto-

          ➔    Verses 7 through 12 (International Stan-
                dard Version) – “Where can I flee from 
                Your spirit? Or where will I run from 
                Your presence? If I rise to heaven, there 
                You are! If I lay down with the dead, 
                there You are!  If I take wings with the 
                dawn and settle down on the western hori-
                zon Your hand will guide me there, too, 
                while Your right hand keeps a firm grip 
                on me. If I say, ‘Darkness will surely 
                conceal me, and the light around me will 
                become night,’ even darkness isn't dark 
                to You, darkness and light are the same 
                to You.”

          ➔    Verses 13 through 16 – “For You have formed 
                my inward parts; You have covered me in my 
                mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am 
                fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous 
                are Your works, and that my soul knows very 
                well. My frame was not hidden from You when 
                I was made in secret....Your eyes saw my 
                substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your 
                book they were all written, when as yet 
                there were none of them. The Bible sums it up in John 2:24 and 25: “...
           Jesus...knew all men, and had no need that any-
           one should testify of man, for He knew what was 
           in man. In Matthew 6:31 through 33, the Lord Jesus fin-
           ished His discourse on worry and faith this way:

              Therefore do not worry, saying, “What 
              shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” 
              or “What shall we wear?” [or anything 
              else we might worry about!] For after 
              all these things the...[unbelievers] 
              seek. For your Heavenly Father knows 
              that you need all these things. But 
              seek first the kingdom of God and His 
              righteousness, and all these things 
              shall be added to you. (emphasis mine).

     ✞     The Lord even knows how many hairs are on your 
           head (and that number is always changing)! (see 
           Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7).  

God is omniscient!

  • Psalm 147:6 – “The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.He does this with perfection and without mistake because, as it says in John 2:24 and 25, “…Jesus…knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” Here are some other Scriptures about God’s perfect knowledge and judgment:
     ✡    Psalm 7:9 – “...the righteous God tests the 
           hearts and minds.”

     ✡    Jeremiah 17:10 – “I, the LORD, search the heart, 
           I test the mind, even to give every man accord-
           ing to his ways, and according to the fruit of 
           his doings.     Romans 2:16 – “...God will judge the secrets of 
           men by Jesus Christ....

I want to be among those whom He lifts up!

God is omniscient!

We need to get to the first part of our featured Scripture, for this is the most personal part! We have spent a good deal of time showing God’s omniscience. Now, let’s apply it!

  • Psalm 147:2 – “The LORD…heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
     In Luke 4:18, Jesus read from the scroll of 
           Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue, quoting 
           Isaiah 61:1:

              The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, be-
              cause He has anointed Me to preach the 
              gospel to the poor.  He has sent Me to 
              heal The brokenhearted, to preach deliv-
              erance to the captives and recovery of 
              sight to the blind, to set at liberty 
              those who are oppressed, to preach the 
              acceptable year of the LORD.

     This is the summary of why the Son of God was incar-
     nated into human flesh! He came to ...heal the bro-
     kenhearted and bind up their wounds...!

          In order to do that, Jesus (God come in the 
           flesh) has to know by omniscience......who is brokenhearted and wounded! what way they are brokenhearted 
                and wounded!
...what is the best divine medicinefor those broken hearts and open wounds! to best apply thatdivine med-
                icinefor the quickest healing!

     By the way, everyone’s broken heart and wound-
           ed life is the damage caused by sin! That’s why 
           Paul wrote in I Timothy 1:15, “...Jesus came 
           into the world to save sinners....”

          ➔    So ask Jesus to be your Savior!  No 
                fancy prayer is needed. The shortest 
                prayer in the Bible is fine!  When 
                Peter started sinking after he took a 
                few steps on the water of the Sea of 
                Galilee (see Matthew 14:24-29), “...
                he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ 
                And immediately Jesus stretched out 
                His hand and  caught him.” (Matthew 
                14:30, 31). Jesus will stretch out His 
                hand and catch you, too!  Just cry out 
                to Him!Make Him Lord of your life also!  

      		➣	Read His Word, the Bible, and 
                        obey His leading!

		➣	Ask Jesus to teach you to pray!

		➣	Join a good Bible teaching 

		➣	Give of yourself, your time, 
                        your effort, your money!

		➣	Share with others what Jesus 
                        has done (is doing) for you! 

Remember what the Lord said in John 10:10:

“I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.

God is omniscient!