“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”(Psalm 139:1-4)
When I was 7 years old, I had a school teacher who would threaten her class with the words, “remember, God sees everything you do.”
The truth that God is the Ever Present, All Knowing One, was never meant as a threat, to strike fear and unease in peoples’ hearts. These fears, and indeed the people who instil them in others, are based in deep-seated doubt and disbelief in the unwavering goodness of God.
A little child is comforted, not afraid, to know that their loving parent is watching over them; likewise, when we are confident in the love and care of our Father God, His constant presence and complete knowledge of us is a great comfort.
How wonderful it is for us to be fully known and fully loved by God!
In part 2, we will be looking at verse 5 of this psalm, and what it means to be hemmed in by God.