"O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." (Psalm 139:1-3 NIV)
My husband has been stealing my mail. Well, not stealing it, but intercepting it. He knew we'd be getting something that would upset me unnecessarily. It wasn't something I needed in any way to know about or deal with. So he checked the mail ahead me, took care of the matter...and then told me about it.
My husband knows me well, and in our relationship, I find acceptance and security, because his knowledge of me is preceded by his love for me.
God's knowledge of us is a thread woven throughout Psalm 139. David praises God's intimate knowledge of him, but there is no sense of unease or discomfort. Rather, we feel David's trust and confidence.
And this confidence can be ours too, because we are known and loved by the One who knows all and loves most. We can say to this God, "You have searched me, and you know me...You are familiar with all my ways"—and find in that knowledge and familiarity the full assurance of our Abba Father's love and protection.
“This is the most shocking truth of all:
the God who knows us truly, loves us still.” (Bryan Chapell)
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