v1-6, Knowing us inside and out is called the omniscience of God for souls that trust & obey Him. This thought is terrible to those who are not at peace with God, but delightful to those who love Him. For people who are in open rebellion and distrust God, there is a different perspective God has upon them. Romans 1:21-28, states four times that God does give up on people, their sins avert God’s attention far away from them. God is love, and still provides access for them, but he will not run after them, nor even be aware of any details in their life, until they first turn toward Him, Luke 15:11-32. At the end of their life, God will say, “Depart from me…for I never knew you”, Matthew 7:23. Therefore, to be known by God is a huge, beautiful and privileged blessing.
v4, Jesus proclaimed God’s omniscience even in our prayer. Some people let this foreknowledge of God in prayer, hinder them from praying at all. See Matthew 6:8. But why do we talk to our parents that know what we are going to say before we say it? Because we crave each others fellowship. Isaiah 65:24 says that this will be common in the life to come, “And it shall come to pass, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” But even though God isn’t always answering immediately every time we pray today, it doesn’t mean He isn’t aware of what we’re going through. Sometimes the lessons are in the waiting itself – a testing of faith – but if we are truly one of His own, and in a sincere relationship with God, there will never be a time when our needs will go unsupplied, as David has written in Psalms 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread”.
v5, Having the Lord “place his right hand upon us” is a figure of speech that reflects a concern for our welfare and strength to do what is holy, see Revelation 1:17. There are at least 67 occurrences in the BIble of God telling his children “do not fear”.
v7-16, The experience of God being all encompassing around us and in us, is throughout the fullest extent of our cosmos, and also down to the inner molecular structure of DNA in our mother’s womb. The omnipresent character of God enables Him to bring into effect anyone’s forgiveness and redeem them from anywhere. Even people abandoned in sin by war in a remote desert. God is able to help them, if they will diligently search for him. Acts 17:26-28.
v13-16, These words seem to be the clearest in Scripture, for defending life in the womb to be protected against abortion. It is amazing that some Jewish rabbis still today, do not believe a baby is a human being with a soul until after the baby is birthed. Human life at conception is a life worth protecting because we are made in the image of God, wherein we are still to this day a natural work of God in our mother’s womb. The apostle Paul believed God knew him and was working on him in his mother’s womb, Galatians 1:15. Which means Paul had no problem with thinking God planned his “Damascus road experience” while he was a fetus. Christians today should have the same idea and be willing to protect a pro-life position legally and publicaly.
v17-24, The safe comfort of knowing God knows us, even in the face of our enemies, reflects the Psalmists faith in the power of God. He is able to eventually eliminate any enemy, no matter how violent, deceptive or smart. This is called the omnipotence of God. His hate towards evil can engender our hate, which is not a sin, as long as we learn to separate the sin from the sinner in our minds, while our hearts detest sin & love Christ. See Revelation 2:2-6 & Luke 14:26. Pray for our enemies that God will grant them repentance from the evil we hate.