You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
We are a mystery to each other. Our doctor may know our bodies, charting our bone spurs, our cancer–suspicious cells, or the plaque buildup in our arteries. Our dentist may know our inept brushing habits or which teeth need to be capped. Our therapist may diagnose us manic depressive or obsessive compulsive. Our spouse of many years may be able to finish our sentences or read a look in our eye that says it’s time to leave a party. These people know us—or do they?
We’ve been studying the psalms because they help us know God. The Lord is our shepherd. He is our refuge. God is the King. Today we remember that God knows everything about us: he knows if we can do a push–up, he knows if we can curl our tongue. Jesus said God has numbered the hairs of our head. He knows what we’re doing this moment—and whether we are interested or if our mind is wandering.
We tend to hide parts of ourselves. If people know about our anxiety or alcoholism, they might ditch us. Others might gather inside information for emotional blackmail or to mock us in front of others.
Many people use their knowledge about us to do something against us. God uses his knowledge for us. He knows we are sinners. And his response is not to mock or belittle or threaten, but to send a Savior.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” In Jesus, Amen
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