Psalm 139:1-5

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me

Psalms 139:1-5 (NIV)

“You know me.” A quote I heard this week spoke about the desire not just to be heard, but to be understood. I talk a lot, though not quite as much as I did when I was younger. And I think part of that is I started telling the difference between whether someone was really listening to me, or if they were just waiting for their turn to talk. When the latter happens, I tend to quiet down and let them talk, much preferring to give up my time to talk than to try to fight my voice back into the conversation.

But the God of the heavens knows me. He knows the words on my tongue before I speak them. He knows my thoughts. And not just knowing me, but hems me in behind and before. He protects me. He doesn’t leave my side. He wants to be near me. It’s one of the most astounding things in the Bible, that the creator of the universe knows who I am. Even when I feel overlooked or isolated, the truth is that I am not. I am seen. I am heard.

And you are seen, and you are heard. You are not overlooked. You are not forgotten. You have not been isolated. The God of the heavens sees you and knows your ways, your thoughts, every word you will speak. Not necessarily because he is all-knowing (though he is), but because he is familiar with you. Like a parent knowing their child because they watched them grow up. That is God to you and to me. He is our Father. He won’t forsake us. And that is pretty cool.

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