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Scripture Reading — Psalm 139

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
Psalm 139:1 — 

Want to know where your kids are when you are at work? Did they make it safely home after school?

A school in Doncaster, England, is testing the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to track students. A radio chip is planted on the uniforms of high school students, and the school administration (and eventually parents) can use it to monitor the movement of students.

A similar device was used in Sacramento, California, in 2005, but it was eventually discontinued because parents objected. The main issue was about privacy. They said, “These kids are humans too and should not be tracked down like merchandise or criminals.” However, if bad things do happen, most parents want to know immediately where their children are and if they’re OK. We want to “have our cake and eat it too.”

Our relationship with God is sometimes like that. We want him at our side when there are problems, but we think we’re OK without him the rest of the time. King David, who wrote Psalm 139, saw things differently. He knew that we need the Lord watching over us all the time. He knew that the Lord’s intentions are all good. Like David, we should say, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”


Father, thank you for watching over me day and night. Help me to walk with you and not to wander away from you. Guide me to trust you in all things. In Christ, Amen.


Devotion topics: Christianity, Doctrine, Creation, Life, Christian Life, Seeking God