“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought 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 altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
Psalms 139:1-6 NKJV
The deepest desire of most human beings is to be known. We desire to be understood intimately, with all that is good about us seen and appreciated. We go about seeking friendships and intimates, that we allow in to catch a glimpse of our inner selves. We make ourselves vulnerable to them.
There are some, however, that few seek to get to know. These are ones who have been determined not by the contents of their character, but by outward qualities, seen easily and interpreted by personal beliefs rather than facts. Sadly, I am one of those, as few have bothered to approach to find out exactly who I am.
Sadder still, many, even when confronted with the truth of who I am, choose their preconceived notion, even in the face of evidence to the contrary. It all leads to a shrinking of my world, as solace comes only in solitude.
I rejoice in the God of my salvation because He knows all about me, the good and the bad. Yet He still loves me.
Reading Psalm 139 this morning was a pleasant and much needed reminder of the grace and love of God. There is nothing hidden from Him, as He fashioned all of me, on the cellular level. Every atom has been lovingly created, and one day will be glorified to spend eternity with Him.
When the specter of sin threatened His creation, God the Son, from the foundation of the earth, determined in Himself to one day take on human form, humbled to the cellular level, living and then dying for the sins of the world.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 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.”
Psalms 139:7-12 NKJV
Just as the Lord is aware of my frame, He is always aware of where I am. In my sin, I seek to hide from the Lord. Like a child closing his eyes, seeking to be unseen, I deceive myself into thinking that God does not know when I have stumbled. But my heart is laid bare to Him. If I ascend into heaven, walking in the Spirit He is there, if I descend into sheol, giving in to my most base appetites, He is there.
In the midst of whatever I am experiencing, Jesus is near, ready to elevate me from my stumbling, casting light into darkness, pulling me from my self created pit of despair. He is giving me a new heart, as my desires move from the satisfaction of my flesh, to finding joy in the Spirit.
He rescues me! He’ll rescue you too.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
Psalms 40:1-2 NKJV
As I have grown in maturity, I have become more aware of the Lord’s knowledge of me. As I have looked into His word, I am better able to see the pitfalls that litter lives path. I am also better able to use the word of God as an X-ray, looking deep into me.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“For You formed my inward parts; You 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, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 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.”
Psalms 139:13-16 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the Lord knows us on the cellular level, having knit us in our mother’s womb. Before we were even born He was aware of all the things we would face, all the joys, all the sicknesses and healings, even the moment of our last breath. Sadly, He also knew all the sins we would ever commit, from the foundation of creation, yet He went to the cross anyway. I shudder at the thought that Jesus already knows about my next sin.
Rejoice that you are known, that the One who created all things knows your name.
Because you are known, you have pardon from sin, and a guard against further sin. He has given His word to those who have been saved, who have been forgiven by faith. Let us read His word daily, that we be like trees planted by the water, growing strong with deep roots.
Let us also ask God to search us, showing us how to be more like Him.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV
You may be one who has not known this Jesus who knows you. Imagine someone who is able to look past all your faults, has the power to erase your sinful past, and give you a future in Heaven.
Jesus went to the cross that you be saved. Accept His finished work today!
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!