Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Daily - 9/10/08

Psalm 139:1-16

1 For the leader. A psalm of David. O LORD, you have probed me, you know me:

2 you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar.

3 My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all.

5 Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach.

7 Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee?

8 If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.

9 If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea,

10 Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light" --

12 Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one.

13 You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew;

15 my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.

This is my favorite psalm!

God knows us down to our core. He knows everything about us, and he sees everything that we’re doing. The first time I read this, it was scary to me. The thought of God knowing me completely and fully filled me with guilt and fear.

Of course now I know that the true analysis of self and the conviction that comes with it is the beginning of obedience, and of the transformation from life in the flesh to life in the spirit. Over time, the thought of God knowing me completely changed from scary to comforting, and eventually became a rock for me to stand on.