God Knows You
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. – Psalm 139:1
Who knows you best in the world? …Your parent, your spouse, your best friend, your sibling, your child, your counselor? Who is the person that hears what you aren’t saying, but understands the meaning behind what you do say? I love and appreciate the people in my life who have the ability to “read between the lines” in my life and conversation. I don’t always like what they reveal to me… but I know they speak the truth in love.
There is one who knows you even better than these precious and valued people in your life; God. King David wrote these words in Psalm 139, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” David’s older brother was the one about whom God said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” -I Samuel 16:7 Samuel anointed the youngest of all the sons of Jesse, David, because God could see his heart. David understood that God knew his heart. God knew his spirit. God knows our hearts and helps to reveal what is actually in our heart, too. Most importantly, God loves and forgives us.
One of the greatest emotional needs we experience as humans is to be known, to be loved, and accepted. This is an incredible gift we can share with others in our community and in the world: to foster a space where people are known, loved, and accepted by God AND by God’s people. As we join together in worship may we truly experience God’s presence and fully embrace one another as beloved children of God. God knows you and God loves you. That is truly good news for a lonely and hurting world.
“In the beginning God created all things, and God saw that they were good.” At our beginning, God, You created us unique and irreplaceable, loved and wanted, known and treasured by You even before You created us. Forgive us for desecrating the beauty of creation. Forgive us for not seeing each person as beloved and created fully in Your image as we are. Give us new beginnings this day to love as You love. In all our new beginnings, God creates something new so we will seek God in the freshness of this morning, in the laughter of friends, in the colors of creation, and in this beautiful place. Lord God, King of Creation, open our eyes to see your presence, our souls to sense your presence, and our hearts to love your presence, ever here in your creation, and ever beyond it in eternity. Amen.