He Knows Us and Loves Us

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.

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God Knows Us

by Velma Amundson

I thought I knew exactly where this blog was going this morning. And, I was exactly wrong…or only partially right.

It’s been an interesting week, or day. We’ve literally gone from birth to death…all in one day. Kind of changes things. But not really.

In March our son called to tell us he and his wife were expecting in November. Today he called to say they are having a little girl. I thought of this verse:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”  Jeremiah 1:5

I thought, isn’t it nice to know that God already knows my granddaughter!  Even before she is born He already cares for her and loves her. Of course, we pray daily that He will watch over her and her mother, to keep them safe and for a safe and healthy delivery. After she is born, we will have the pleasure and duty to be sure that she knows God. That’s true for all of us. Even before we were born, God knew us. I like to think that while we were nestled beneath our mother’s heart, God spoke to us. I know it’s a bit of fancy, but it could be.

Then there is the promise that God walks with us daily and has plans for us. In Jeremiah 29:11 we are told:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God plans good things for us. Even the trials that we go through are to strengthen us and make us fit for Him. I know He walks with me, and I know that He will walk with my new granddaughter-to-be. I know that whatever we face, we face it with God at our side.

Which leaves the final journey. John had a call yesterday that one of our parishioners had fallen and broken his hip. He had surgery to repair it today. It’s a surgery that he did not survive. While his family grieved, they also commented that they knew where he was now. Now he was beginning his new life with Christ and they could not imagine anything better for him. John 14:1-3 says:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

Cool. From before we are born until we are “born again” into our new life in Christ on this earth, and then finally meet Him in heaven, God walks with us, to guide us, comfort us, love us. I think of the song “In the Garden” where it says:

“And I walk with him and I talk with him, and he tells me I am his own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

I wish you daily the joy of walking with Christ and leaning on his strength.