Depending on how you’re behaving, you’ll either be relieved or terrified to read Psalm 139:2 (ESV) today: “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.”
But even on our worst days (or, perhaps, especially on those days), in spite of our shame and embarrassment, aren’t we glad that our heavenly Father loves us that much? What would become of us if we weren’t worth His time and attention?
Yet, David, the psalmist, wasn’t satisfied with God just knowing his behavior and thoughts. So he invited God to do some deeper investigative work: “Search me, O God, and know my heart!” (Verse 23a). We can be assured that whatever God finds in our hearts, He will still love us.
God knows everything about us – much more than we know about ourselves, including our motives. He knows what makes us tick and what drives us to do the things we do. He sees right through our denial and the games we play.
He knows the dad, mom, wife, sister, brother, friend, employer, employee, student we’d rather be. And as a good and loving Father, He will do whatever it takes to get us to our desired place as we serve Him in our different roles.
Isn’t that good news?
What if we were to meditate on these verses throughout the day, every day for one full week? And at the end of each day, let’s pray the meaning of the words from our hearts, perhaps something like this:
Heavenly Father, I’m thankful that You care about everything I do and think each day. Please search me and know my heart because sometimes I can become deceived about life, love, and even about You and Your direction for me. Show me when I head in the wrong direction in my behavior and with my thoughts. Then guide me back to You and Your ways. Amen.
Then, hopefully, in time, rather than being apprehensive about God’s watchful eye on us, we will grow to appreciate it and, in fact, would never want to live a day without His knowing our every move and thought.
What about you?
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- How does it make you feel that God knows everything you do and think?
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