Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you? I have felt that way a number of times when I am walking through a crowded area. I am sure that there have been times that someone was watching you that you did not know about. It can be a weird thing if you think about it, but it can also be a wonderful thing in the case of these verses in Psalm 139. The psalmist wrote, “O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether” (Psalm 139:1-4).
In one way it is a blessing to know that we are never outside the care of our God. What a comfort to know that whatever stress I am going to face today … my God is with me and offers help. What a blessing to know that when I am lacking in strength, I have a God Who is well able to handle whatever supposedly impossible thing I am facing. I am thankful that He even helped me when I read my Bible this morning to understand the truths He had for me there. I am grateful that when I pray to Him, pouring out my heart to Him, that His Holy Spirit is able to take the language of my heart that I cannot put into words, to the very throne of God! What a blessing to know that He is closer than any brother could be.
In another way, it can be very convicting to think that God knows me so intimately. We all have become very proficient in putting on our spiritual masks so others cannot see the “real” us. There are no masks when we go to our Heavenly Father. He knows, not only what we show Him, but He also knows the thoughts and intents of our heart. He sees all the filth we deal with everyday in our own sinfulness. Let’s consider this question … if God knows us this intimately, why do we even consider trying to hide our sin, or rationalize it? He already knows what is there … why not simply confess and genuinely forsake it?
I am thankful for this relationship with my Heavenly Father. With this knowledge of how well He knows me, I want to live in a way that will please Him more and more everyday. I want to make this day one that will honor Him and be pleasing in His sight. I want to walk in a way that will please my Heavenly Father and demonstrate to the unsaved world that He has made a difference in my life!
“I am not satisfied with me – I am satisfied with God.” – Unknown