by Sarah Nelson
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.” Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)
Have you ever been misunderstood? Your best intentions misinterpreted as something less than good? Do you ever wonder if anyone really “gets” you? Does it seem sometimes like your life is invisible? If so, I encourage you to read not just the above verses from Psalm 139, but all of the psalm.
Who knows you best? We may think that maybe it is our husband, parent, best friend, or a sibling. While all of these people indeed know much about us, there is only One who knows us so well that He even knows what word we will speak before it comes out of our mouths. The Lord knows the activities of our hours, the thoughts that run through our heads that not even we understand why they are there.
Knowing that our Creator knows us so intimately and loves us so much that He sent His Son to redeem us from not just the sins that others see, but the ones that only His eyes capture, is amazing. He desires for us to truly know that our lives are “hemmed in, behind and before” by HIM. His hand of blessing is upon our heads as they bow in recognition of His majesty.
It’s true – He knows us and loves us! Let that truth take root in your heart and encourage you as you live the days He has appointed for you to walk in His grace, for His glory.