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. 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.” Psalm 139:1-6
One of the greatest desires of the human heart is to be truly known and loved. Often, you hear of people putting on airs when trying to impress someone. Yet, does that really work? Doesn’t that person feel superficial or maybe even missed? If our desire is to be truly known and thus truly loved, why do we put on the facades? Sadly, we humans often settle for an imitation of love or being loved for someone we may not really be.
God is not like that. Even if you put on your best façade with him, he knows and sees you completely. The psalmist here tells us God knows your every thought and action. Even before you have done something, the Lord knows what is next for you. And here is the very best news: knowing you completely, he also loves you perfectly. Your greatest desire is fulfilled in God and God alone.
No other being can know you this way and love you as God does. The Lord blesses you with relationships and hopefully wonderful, loving relationships in which you feel known and loved. Yet, even the best of human relationships can never fully satisfy the human heart.
In Psalm 139, this knowledge delights the writer. He marvels at God’s perfect knowledge and perfect love. He attests that he cannot truly fathom how complete and perfect the Lord’s understanding and love for him is. In marveling, he also delights in being known and loved.
What about you? Do you take time to marvel at this divine mystery for yourself? The Lord knows your every thought, sees everything you do, and understands all your ways. He knows you perfectly and loves you perfectly. His desire is this divine truth would bless you abundantly and lead you to an intimate and satisfying relationship with him today and every day throughout eternity.
Are you marveling at God’s perfect knowledge, understanding, and love today? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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