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God Knows Us

January 27, 2017

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God Knows Us

When we know  we are known,  it makes a lot of difference  in how we interact.     King David realized  that he was intimately known  by the LORD.     Knowing  that he was known  by the LORD God Almighty  —  our Creator  —  humbled David  as he stood  in awe  of God’s power  to know all things  about every single one  of us.

As  David realized  just how much God knew  about him,  he wrote a psalm  about it.     This psalm  is well worth studying,  so that we,  too,  can realize  the position we are in  with our Creator,  Sustainer,  Redeemer,  and Judge.

Psalm 139  starts with:

O LORD,  You have searched me  and known me.      

You know  when I sit down  and when I rise up;
You understand  my thought  from afar.           

You scrutinize my path  and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted  with all my ways.           

Even before there is a word  on my tongue,
Behold,  O LORD,  You know it all.           

You have enclosed me  behind  and before,
And laid Your hand  upon me.           

Such knowledge  is too wonderful  for me;
It is too high,  I cannot attain  to it.

In these beginning six verses,  King David realizes  that the LORD is searching  through him  all the time.     Not a second goes by  without God searching  all our thoughts  and feelings.     David realizes  he can’t even make  one small move  without God knowing  about it.

Even though  we can’t see God,  from His throne  in heaven,  He knows everything  we’re doing.     God understands  all our thoughts.     He knows  all the “whys” and “wherefores”  of our thinking  —  and the whole history  of our line  of thinking.

Since God knows us  so intimately,  He even knows  what we will say  before our tongue  can blurt it out.      And you know how quick witted  a lot of people are.     Not even they  can say a word  before God knows  all about it.

As David realizes  just how much God knows  about him,  he confesses,  You have enclosed me  behind  and before, . .”      In other words,  there is absolutely no way  any of us  can escape  the LORD’s watchful eye.     No matter how clever  we think  we are  in hiding our thoughts,  not one  will escape God’s notice.      We’re “trapped”.

How does David feel  about that?      He confesses  that the LORD   laid Your hand  upon me.”     The fact  that the LORD knows everything  pricks David’s conscience  —  big time.      That knowledge  causes David  to not only  put a guard  on his actions  —  but David  puts a guard  on his thoughts, too.

He doesn’t want  to offend God Almighty  with evil thoughts.

So,  the question becomes  —  how are we feeling  about God knowing us  so intimately?

Will God’s awesome power  cause us  to get a grip  on all our actions  and thoughts?     Come Judgment Day,  not a one  of us will have  a valid excuse  for any evil  we have ever thought  or done.

There’s also something  very wonderful  about all this.     God also knows  when we trust  and believe  in His Word.     He knows  when we are sorry  for our sins.     He knows  about our every desire  to live  according to His loving commands.

That’s when He steps in  to help us  —  just because we have love  and respect  for all of the grace  He has given us  in Jesus Christ.

As we realize  this intimate,  loving friendship  we have  with our LORD  and Savior,  we will pray  with David  in  verses 23-24,

Search me, O God,  and know  my heart;
Try me  and know  my anxious thoughts;           

And see  if there be any hurtful way  in me,
And lead me  in the everlasting way.

Then,  as we become  so open  to God’s loving grace,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Our LORD knows us,  forgives us,  and leads us  in the everlasting way.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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