“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 far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:1-6)
Tuesday we read about Jesus knowing and recognizing Nathanael. Nathanael was surprised at this; but according to this passage from Psalms God/Jesus knows us even more intimately than the writer of John indicated in the passage.
When I read this passage from Psalms, the first thought that went through my mind was “God knows me this well! And the Divine still calls on me as a disciple of God?!” But it is true. God knows us and loves us through all our faults and failings.
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end—I am still with you.” (Psalm 139:13-18)
Do not doubt, beloved reader, that God knows and values each one of us. We are precious to God. So precious that the Lord desires to bring us back into communion with the God-self. Does it not make sense to seek out and stay with a God who knows us, who has known who we would be even before we came into existence?
May the God who formed you just as you are watch over you and guide you on your life journey. Selah!