God is omniscient! That’s just a fancy way of saying that God knows everything. If God knows absolutely everything, then he knows absolutely everything about me. The Psalmist (139:2-4) wrote to God, “You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away. You know when I go out to work and when I come back home. You know exactly how I live. LORD, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.” Yes, if the Psalmist is right God knows everything about me. I’d argue that God knows me better than I know myself. He knows that my humility is just another form of pride. I’m glad that he does. We sometimes think that Satan is going to tell God something about us that He doesn’t know and God is going to be disappointed in us when He learns the truth. But there’s nothing that Satan can say to condemn us regarding anything we’ve done, said, thought or wished, because God already knows about it. With God, we have no skeletons in our closets.

Hebrews 4:15 also makes it clear that God knows all “our weaknesses.” But His knowledge of us is not something foreign to him. He knows how we feel. It reads, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” He knows how we feel in the midst of suffering and temptation. God knows when I “sit down” and I know where he sits down. He has two chairs. Hebrews 4:16 call us to “draw near” with confidence to God’s seat. He calls it “the Throne of Grace.” It reads, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Although we often hate to admit it, we all need help! I can tell Him absolutely everything without fear of condemnation because He understands and He is full of grace and mercy.

The other chair of God is referred to often in the Old Testament as the “Mercy seat.” It’s the place where the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled and where the entire nation finds forgiveness and mercy instead of judgment and condemnation. We are often afraid of God because we know we’re sinners and we deserve His judgment. But when we confess our sins to God, we’re not telling Him anything He doesn’t already know. We don’t “confess” our sins to God for His benefit, but for our own. When we open our hearts and lives to God and admit the things He already knows, we find mercy not judgment. We find grace to help us through all our struggles in this life. We all need Grace and mercy. God sits on the throne of Grace and the seat of Mercy!