O Lord, you have searched me 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 know it completely, O Lord. (Psalm 139:1-4)
Every once in a while you need to give yourself a spiritual systems check. You know, make sure that everything is in working order, and that nothing is slipping in between you and God. Psalm 139 is a great passage of Scripture for that. I find that most people have one of the following three reactions when they read the above passage. Which is yours?
1. These lines give great comfort. You love the idea that God knows everything about you, that he even knows your thoughts.
You, my friend, are in a great place with God. Proceed to praise.
2. These lines creep you out. There’s something Orwellian about God searching your inmost being.
Guess what? You’re not right with God, Beloved of Christ. May I suggest that you spend some time dealing with whatever it is you don’t want God to see in you?
3. These lines have no effect on you whatsoever.
Wow. You may be in spiritual heart failure. Just so you know, I’m praying for you today, that God would ravage your heart with his all-consuming love.
He’s searched you. He knows you. Oh, and one more thing–he loves you.