Identity The Psalms

Fully Known and Fully Loved

 

1     O Lord, you have searched me

and you know me.

2     You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3     You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

4     Before a word is on my tongue

you know it completely, O Lord.

5     You hem me in—behind and before;

you have laid your hand upon me.

6     Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ps 139:1-6

 

 

Have you ever had a friend who can complete your sentences, or someone that you spend so much time with that you say the same things at the same time? My best friend and I have literally known each other our entire lives. She is six months older than me, and her mom brought her to my baby shower when I was born. So we have the ability to say one word, and recall an entire story or stage in life. We can see something on TV or in a mall and know exactly what the other one is thinking as her eye catches the same object. We can finish each other’s sentences or not even say a word and know what the other is thinking. We know just about everything about each other – or at least more than we should. {smile} And despite all that we know, we still love each other 

 

In Psalm 139 the Psalmist begins to understand that God has this type of familiarity with his life. In the opening verses David realizes that God is not only familiar enough with him to finish his sentences, but God know every word before it is spoken. In these verses David begins to understand the omniscience or all-knowing nature of God. He starts by asking God to search him and know him, and then as his understanding grows he is overwhelmed by how well God is able to answer this request. David realizes that God knows him more intimately than any human could ever imagine.

 

David uses extremes to describe just how much God knows. He knows when we sit, rise, go out and lie down. These extremes describe how God knows the activities of our days, our motivations for our various activities and every word that we have spoken and will speak.

 

The New American Standard Version sums up this knowledge in verse three this way, “You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.”

 

This all-knowing nature of our Father is amazing. It is much more than a statistical analysis of rights and wrongs. It is the intimate nature of someone who takes the time to discover everything that makes you uniquely you, every detail of your life…the good and the bad. It is the kind of intimacy that we long for…to be fully known and fully loved.

 

I think most people have a desire to let their guards down, to be known fully and to be loved genuinely. In these opening verses, the Psalmist describes just that. He begins to peel back the layers of this intimate God who knows everything about us, and holds us in His loving hand.

 

God does not merely observe our actions from afar, but he is so intimately acquainted with us that He knows our every thought, motivation, action and word.

 

 The Psalmist goes on to describe God’s involvement in our lives with a great word picture. “You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” (v5) I love the idea of being hemmed into the protection of God’s hand. He is before us and behind us. He has surrounded us with His love. Nothing can get to us without the Father’s knowledge. His hand is on us at all times. He is aware of our every situation. He is indeed intimately acquainted with us.

 

As we begin to grasp this idea of an all-knowing or omniscient God, it can be thrilling and overwhelming all at the same time. It’s thrilling to know that the God of the universe enjoys knowing every detail of my life, and at the same time my human nature can bring me to a point of fear with this very same understanding. We think God will use His all-knowing power against us, but He doesn’t. His intention is love. He created you, knows you, and loves you.

 

We, like the Psalmist, will never fully grasp how wonderful this intimate love relationship is. We will never comprehend how He can know everything and still love us. But that’s what I love about God. If I could understand Him completely, I don’t think I could trust Him completely. So today let’s celebrate who God is, and let’s take time to relish in His amazing desire and unique ability to be intimately acquainted with our hearts!

 

Father, I thank you for taking the time to fully know and understand me, even when I don’t understand myself. Thank you for loving me so intimately and for hemming me in, behind and before. I am overwhelmed by your extreme love for me and the measures that you take to demonstrate your love for me. This Easter week, I celebrate that you loved me so intensely that you let your only Son die so that I could have a relationship with you. You are so wonderful that I will never be able to comprehend your love for me. And for that I thank you. I put my trust in you because you know me inside out and you have my best interest at heart. I celebrate today the fact that I am fully known and fully loved by You, My Creator and King! I love you, Lord! Amen.

 

 

 

1 comment on “Fully Known and Fully Loved

  1. Hi Faith! Thanks for this encouraging post. I love this passage! Happy Easter!

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