Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
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.
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.
Food For Thought:
This passage is a poignant reminder that God loves us with an unconditional love and knows us deeper than anyone else could ever know us. Think about your relationship with God. How do you find comfort in being known by God? Few people in our lives really know us on that kind of level. Think about a way that you could get to know someone on a deeper level. Things like becoming a prayer partner come to mind, but there are countless ways you could get to know someone better.
Lord our God,
you have made me in your own likeness and you love all that you have made.
I thank you
for all that has been positive in my life.
I ask that I may live in such a way that I may learn
from whatever I may find
is negative or hurtful in my life.
May my disabilities and weaknesses
teach me how to be sensitive to individuals,
that I may grow more caring and compassionate for others who experience difficulties.
May I grow in strength of character through all that happens to me, living fully each day. Amen.