Part 1 of a 4 Part Series entitled The God Who Knows
The God Who Knows My Present
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off. Psalm 139:1-2
The present is the now. I have been living my days for the past two years in the present. With a special need’s child and mothering, I’ve been struck with the glorious ordinary. The daily is somewhere God has shown me He lives. Right now I am looking out my window of my kitchen. The trees are thick with the foliage spring has grown. The sweltering weather has arrived, and it is only the end of May. The heat makes us dream of summertime and pool days. I am ready for school to be over. Today we only have three days left.
It seems mundane, and boring to wash the dishes, fold the laundry, and pick up toys. God says: I see you. And not only that, He knows me here in the present. How amazing and wonderful to think of God (the one outside of time and space) sees me here in this moment in time. Let me list all of the things God knows about us – right now – in the present. According to Psalm 139:1-6 God knows….
1. When I sit down.
2. When I get up.
3. My everyday thoughts.
4. My path for today.
5. My ordinary moments.
6. The words on my lips.
7. The thoughts in my heart.
What does God do with this knowledge of us? He isn’t some cosmic force just watching and not engaged. The all-knowing leads to all-protection.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5
Through it all, God protects us. His hand is upon us. Hands are meant to be used to touch. To comfort, hold, and cherish. David is encouraging our hearts by telling us God is comforting us, in our present. He holds our hand, like a gentle Father walking his son across the dangerous street. He holds our face as we cry tears of loneliness and pain. With these hands, the one’s nailed to a cross, He washes us and cleanses us from our present sins.
What everyday awe we can find when we seek a God who knows us. So intimately he knows what time I will rise up in the morning. No matter the hour on the clock, He is willing to meet us. The swirl of to-do’s our mind focuses on are not lost on the God of wonders. He sets our path, leading and guiding even the most common of things. The ordinary moments are not too boring, even for the God of the universe. The words, the thoughts, they are all known by God. The knowledge of our deepest secrets, even now, are not lost or hidden from Him. Not only does He know these thoughts, He discerns them. He understands them through and through.
I think we can agree with David and say:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:6
O Lord of our present, let me see you today. Let me feel your presence in my ordinary, everyday moments. I pray you will make your Hand upon me known. I praise you, rejoicing in the amazing wonder that you know me. Right now. In the present. Amen.
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