Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I think about how God knows us. To be known, truly known by another, is one of the greatest gifts. We all want to be known in this world. It is difficult even for those who are closest to us to truly know us. I have been married for over 8 years now, and my husband will say, “I didn’t know that.” Couples who have been married for 50 years, still make statements like this. It is hard to know another person fully. I love this passage of Scripture because it reminds us that God knows us fully and still loves us unconditionally. What an amazing promise.
Faithful God, you care for us with compassion and firmness, urging us to grow in love for you and love for one another. Through Christ, may we hear more deeply your call to be rooted in your way that brings love, compassion, and peace to those around us. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.