You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1
It seems my mother can sense trouble from a mile away. Once, after a rough day at school, I tried to mask my frustration hoping that no one would notice. “What’s the matter?” she asked. Then she added, “Before you tell me it’s nothing, remember I’m your mother. I gave birth to you, and I know you better than you know yourself.” My mom has consistently reminded me that her deep awareness of who I am helps her be there for me in the moments I need her most.
As believers in Jesus, we’re cared for by a God who knows us intimately. The psalmist David praised Him for His attentiveness to the lives of His children saying, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar” (Psalm 139:1–2). Because God knows who we are—our every thought, desire, and action—there’s nowhere we can go where we’re outside the bounds of His abundant love and care (vv. 7–12). As David wrote, “If I settle on the far side of the sea even there your hand will guide me” (vv. 9–10). We can find comfort knowing that no matter where we are in life, when we call out to God in prayer, He’ll offer us the love, wisdom, and guidance we need.
When have you felt like no one else could understand how you were truly feeling? How does the reality of God’s presence help and encourage you during such times?
Loving God, many times I feel misunderstood and alone. Thank You for reminding me of Your presence in my life. I know You see me, hear me, and love me even when it seems like no one else does.
In Psalm 139:1–12, David wrote about two of God’s fundamental attributes. Verses 1–6 capture a picture of His omniscience, which simply means He knows everything. In verses 7–12, the psalmist reflected on His omnipresence—that God is everywhere. Later in the psalm, David spoke of God’s omnipotence when he described His unlimited power displayed in the creation of humanity (vv. 13–18). Intriguingly, these ideas are captured in a very personal way. Psalms are songs or prayers that express personal thoughts, emotions, and situations to God. David understood that He knew him personally and He was everywhere. Despite His unimaginable knowledge, God’s concern is still focused on humanity. That’s what Jesus referred to in Matthew 6:25–34 when He noted that God cares even for the birds, so He knows our needs and cares for us as well.