Faith in a Time of Pandemic – You Have Searched Me and Known Me

Faith in a Time of Pandemic – You Have Searched Me and Known Me July 17, 2020

You Have Searched Me and Known Me
O God, you have searched me and known me. (Psalm 139:1)

Psalm 139 is among the most majestic pieces of spiritual literature. It encompasses, the totality of life, recognizes the wonder of human life, affirms the life-transforming power of a relationship with God, and God’s love despite our imperfections.

“You have searched me and known me,” rejoices the Psalmist. Moreover, “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.”

We are known by God. But this isn’t knowledge that is intrusive, nosy, judgmental, or out to get us. It is knowledge of One who is out to love us. God knows who we are, what are challenges are, our fears and joys, and our achievements and mistakes. The Loving Parent wants us to know ourselves and, in that self-awareness, we discover God’s vision for our lives and our particular gifts as God’s companions.

You can’t hide from God. This awareness allows us to embrace our whole lives in their entirety – to not hide from our pain, sin, or conversely our gifts and beauty. We can take everything to Jesus, knowing that in the praying we will find peace of mind, transformation, and a love that never ends. Known by

God, we can be more accepting of others and more caring of the fallible people around us, for they too are known and loved by God.

Here’s one of my favorites Aretha Franklin singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” –

Loving God, let me open to your grace. Let me experience your love and companionship. Help me face my imperfections, seeking your guidance, forgiveness, and empowerment. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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