2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Now we are in More Proverbs of Solomon, a title given to this chapter in the NIV which is reflected in the first verse These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah, and the couplet above is the first one.
For verse two above the Pulpit Commentary says the following, assuming a good king
The contrast between the glory of God and that of the king lies in this – that whereas both God and the king desire man’s welfare, the former promotes this by making him feel his ignorance and littleness and entire dependence upon this mysterious Being whose nature and designs mortals cannot understand; the latter advances the good of his subjects by giving them confidence in his zeal and power to discover truth, and using his knowledge for their benefit.
Then on verse three the Pulpit Commentary continues
As you can never rise to the illimitable height of the heavens, as you can never penetrate to the immeasurable depth of the earth, so you can never fathom the heart of a king, can never find out what he really thinks and intends.
It may be that tacitly a warning is intended against flattering one’s sell that one knows and can reckon on the favour of a king; his good disposition towards you may be only seeming, or may any moment become changed.
Considering this, it may be well to consider Zophar the Naamathite’s reply to Job
7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
8 They are higher than the heavens above, what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below, what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. Job 11
We all want to know and understand God and there are things we can know about Him, things He reveals to us. Ultimately, however, He is unknowable or as Zophar put it, He is unfathomable. We can only hope to begin to know and understand Him when we begin spending eternity with Him, His Son (our Lord and Savior), and the Holy Spirit. God makes it even clearer when He says
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55
The hearts of kings, good or evil, are unsearchable and perhaps that is a good thing. It should be enough to know a king (leader, governor, president) is good or evil. Do we need to know the depths of goodness or of evil.
So what might our be able to do? I think we would do well to follow Billy Graham’s example when he had a time of great soul searching concerning understanding the Bible. One night he took all of his questions and concerns to God on a walk in the woods, placed his Bible on a stump. At the end of his prayer he said
Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word—by faith! I’m going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word!
We would do well to follow his example as we remember to Go to Church this weekend.