THE THREE OMNIS
In Psalm 139 David describes God as all knowing (omniscience), all present (omnipresent), and all-powerful (omnipotent). We call these the three Omnis.
OMNISCIENCE: God has all knowledge. (Psa 139:1-6) O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
OMNIPRESENCE: God is all present. He is everywhere at the same time. (Psa 139:7-12) Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
OMNIPOTENCE: God is all-powerful. (Psa 139:13-16) For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
After David thought about the character and attributes of God it gave him a sense of accountability to God. Since God is OMNISCIENT (knows all things), OMNIPRESENT (everywhere at the same time) and OMNIPOTENT (all powerful), then he wanted to be in right relation to Him. (Psa 139:23-24) Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
We too can be in right relationship with God because Jesus died on the cross for our sins and reconciled us to God. And as we serve the Lord we know we will stumble and fall, but we can confess our sins to God and receive His gracious forgiveness. The three OMNIS keep me “on-my-knees!”
Give your life to the Lord today. He knows all about you and still loves you. He will never leave you or forsake you. And He is able to meet every need in your life . . . if you’ll let Him!