Psalm 139: 1-6

Dowd Simpson

07 Oct, 2015

Psalm 139:1-6
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 afar.
You search out my path and my lying down; and are acquainted with all of my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue behold, O Lord, you know it all together.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

I love these verses. There is such rich truth and beauty within these lines.

"You have searched me and known me." Known. What is it to be known? What is it to know? Do you know your mom and dad? Do you know your spouse? Do you know your children? Your friends? Your neighbors? Your mailman? What about further outside of your you know your Mayor? Or your Congressman? What about the President of the United Sates? Do you know Obama? Does Obama know you? The God of the universe, who spoke the world into being, who holds the oceans in the palm of His hand, who stretches out the heavens and the stars in the sky, this God knows you. He knows you! He doesn't just know of you, like you may know of President Obama. He knows you on a deeper level than you know your mom and dad, or than your spouse knows you. He knows you so intimately that He knows "when you sit down and when you rise up." "Even before a word is on your tongue behold, He knows it all together."

Doesn't it feel good to be known? And not just known by sinful flawed man, but by the perfect, holy, righteous, omnipotent, sovereign, one and only God! He cares for you and loves you. You haven't been forgotten and you are seen. Our God is the God who sees! He sees you and loves you and knows you because He created you, designing you for a specific purpose individually unique as uniquely individual as you. More than that, not only does He see, but He reaches down and "lays His hand upon you." It's one thing to have someone see you, in your struggles and in your celebrations, but it is another thing in its entirety to have someone experience that struggle or celebration with you. Our God is not a God who sits high in the sky and only watches as we go about our day. No, He is a God who came down in the form of flesh, to walk among us, touching us, embracing us, loving us, so much so that He gave His life for us, that we might be reconciled to Him and live in deep intimate relationship with Him. That is love! You are loved, you are seen, you are embraced, before and behind, by the mighty arms of our Almighty God.