Attention beloved readers: Due to the long holiday weekend in the United States, we won’t be posting on Monday. Instead, today’s post is twice as long as usual. May you be greatly encouraged by this post. Please share it with anyone that you believe may need to hear this message.
Today I want to discuss how God sees you. The truth is that He cares for you, and desires nothing but the best for your life. My hope is that this post will greatly encourage you to walk in the truth of who you are in Christ and who He is to you. We serve a very personable and faithful God.
Staring at the page, I noticed the old notes and highlights that I had previously made throughout the text at various times in my life. But today I simply read it just as it is, in its full and beautiful entirety.
Through the Holy Spirit, God brought revelation for me to share with you while His scripture marinated in my mind. If you’re looking for a great kick start to your weekend, this is a great piece to do just that. Let’s begin.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
Let’s stop for just a second. What is God communicating here?
God is interested in you. He is taking the initiative to pursue you by searching the most valuable thing you possess – your heart. This is what a loving Father does: He evaluates where you are because He cares about where you’re heading. Are you on the straight and narrow path, or have you taken a detour? He knows that those decisions are made in the heart. Dwell on the truth that God does care about the choices that you make.
“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 may ways.” v2-3
God knows where we are ALL of the time and in every area (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually). He knows this because He is interested in us and has made the choice to watch over us. In order to guide us, lead us, and protect us, He must know where we are. Even as an omnipresent and omniscient God, He has still intentionally made the choice to focus on us.
God adoringly walks with His children as a gentle and loving Father. Wherever you are, He is with you. He doesn’t have the ability to leave your side. Many of you need to remember this truth today, beloved. Verses 7-10 also serve as a reminder of this truth. As His children, God also knows each of us incredibly well.
“Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely O Lord.” Psalm 139:4
How is this possible? First of all, God already knows everything because He is omniscient. To me, knowing that God is both loving and aware of everything brings incredible comfort. Even with an estimated 7 billion people in the world right now, God knows every single one of our thoughts and what we’re going to say next. Astonishingly, He chooses, desires, and longs to know each of us in such great detail. Talk about a God who loves us.
Secondly, since He already knows what we will say and do, He has also chosen to go before us to extend the grace and mercy that we may need to be forgiven, strengthened, challenged, or exhorted. Even when we are surprised at some of our choices, God is not. He knows us better than we know ourselves. God is always going before us, and at the same time He remains available for us in those still, small moments that are undeniably in the present. What an excellent God we serve!
Before closing this article, I’m going to skip around to two more verses. Maybe this next verse can be earth-shatteringly powerful for you today.
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light will become night around me’, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:12
Any darkness that we face (in the form of physical suffering, marital issues, financial troubles, or emotional wounds) is the result of living in a broken world with a broken enemy. Our enemy wants everyone else to be broken, too. However, your darkness is NOT darkness to God. Since you serve God, since He is for you, and since He is on your side, God will transform your darkness into light. Because you are a child of God, no darkness will ever overtake you. Because darkness is light to Him, so will it be for you as well.
God’s kingdom is upside-down. It’s radical, and it’s not based on human rationale or opinion. No human theory or logic can fully capture the ways and means through which God carries out His divine plans here on earth. God is not human, beloved. God is God, and His kingdom is the most powerful, influential, life-altering, and eternally enduring kingdom that will ever exist. Nothing matches the Kingdom of God or even comes close to the power of God. God is the Almighty. God is supreme and all-knowing, and He alone possess the intellect, wisdom, power, and insight that we all need.
Indeed, your darkness is as light to God, beloved. If something appears ready to overtake you, rest assured that it will not because God is with you. Give your darkness to Christ. Not just once, but over and over and over and over again, until what God intends to accomplish through it is fulfilled…until your darkness becomes your light…until your suffering produces righteousness. Your mourning will turn to joy and gladness, which is possible through God alone.
Lastly, I adore the fact that Psalm 139 concludes with an illustration of how we should pursue God and draw close to our King.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Desiring for God to search us represents a true pursuit of holiness, and the choice is ours to make. This is a prayer that I pray everyday because I feel that repentance should be a lifestyle rather than just a one-time thing or even a once a week thing. Why? First of all, each of us is in a daily fight against a broken flesh – every single one of us. Since we have not attained perfection, we will make erroneous decisions and sin, even though we don’t want to sin (as Paul states in Romans 7:15, we do what we do not want to do). We must approach this realistically and recognize that, as Jeremiah 17:9 states, the human heart is deceitful above all things.
Sin creates a gap in intimacy between us and Christ. If you want to be really close to Jesus and mature as His disciple, then repentance must be a lifestyle, beloved. The more that you practice repentance, the more easily you’ll be able to recognize when you do fall. And you’ll learn to fight tooth and nail spiritually to keep yourself close to Jesus.
What I love about these last two verses is that Jesus never forces us to seek Him or to repent of sin. By praying through these verses of Psalm 139, we are giving the God of the universe the permission to rule in our hearts and to make us better. With His righteousness, he will polish us so that we can be closer to Him. What a beautiful process!
For me, I don’t want to wait until I arrive in heaven to really get to know Jesus. Why wait? I want to know Him today, to operate in His kingdom today, and to sit in His presence today.
May you heart be encouraged with this truth, beloved. And may you enjoy your weekend!
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