By Brooke Holt
“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 my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:1-4
This will not surprise you, but women want to be understood, not just heard, or given advice but understood – our feelings, thoughts, hopes, and desires. Granted, this is a high call for anyone, especially a husband.
I do not think only women want to be understood but also children, teenagers, and even men. Being understood makes us feel worthy of someone’s time and attention. Unfortunately, husbands and wives fail to understand one another, parents miss children, friends fail friends, and so on. As fallen people, we miss the mark with one another again and again.
King David understood that while his family or even his best advisors may not understand him, the Lord did. As the King of Israel, David was unsearchable to his subjects but fully revealed before his Lord. Amazingly, David delighted in being completely known by God. Psalm 139 reveals his delight and is classified as a Thanksgiving psalm. Throughout this Psalm, David praised God for knowing all the details of his life from when he rose in the morning to where he sat to what he thought to the words he spoke, and to the path before him. God even knew when David went to bed each evening.
Perhaps this seems a bit overwhelming to you, but King David understood that God’s perfect knowledge of him was due to God's perfect love for him. The Lord did not watch David waiting for him to make a mistake. The Lord never took his eyes off David, because he loved him. God loved him so completely that he cared about every aspect of David’s life.
God still searches and knows his people. He knows you completely, sees everything in your life and hears your prayers spoken and unspoken. As David wrote, the Lord is acquainted with all your ways. How do you respond to the Lord’s perfect knowledge of you? Does it create fear or freedom?
The Lord has set his love upon you. That will not change. You are and will always be his beloved son or daughter. Thus, his eyes are always on you. Your sin will not surprise him; your thoughts do not offend him; and your failures will not cause him to turn away. You are perfectly known and perfectly loved by the Lord!
You are known. You are understood. And you are perfectly secure in the Lord’s love. Will you rest in the divine knowledge and understanding of the Lord today? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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