Weekly Devotional from Will
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
The Psalmist is in awe of the comprehensive knowledge that God has of each and every one of us. Even more, the psalmist is awe-struck that God knows us better than we know ourselves: “even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.” Not only does God know us so well, He also protects us: “you hem me in, behind and before, and lay you hand upon me.” These are precarious and fragile times that we are currently living in. It’s unnerving when the very things that gave our lives meaning (gathering with friends, going to a concert or play, even going to church) have now themselves become risks to public health. In this moment, we have the good news from Psalm 139: God knows us, and God protects us. Let us receive this good news with deep comfort and great joy.
Almighty God, creator of all things, you know each of us so intimately that no thought in our minds or cell in our bodies is hid from your eyes. Secure in the loving embrace of our brother, Jesus Christ, we open our hearts and lives to your searching gaze. Amen.