To REALLY be Known…
Everyone knows who the Hollywood “IT” girl and “IT” guy are at any given time. You can pick them out from a crowd, you know personal, and even juicy tidbits about their lives, and their day-to-day movements often warrant down-to-the-minute, tell-all reporting.
The fact is everyone wants to be known.
Whether it’s by a select few, or by scores of adoring fans, people naturally seek recognition and understanding. But even in our closest relationships, are we really known? What would that look like? I know that I’m personally grateful that all my thoughts and feelings are not laid bare for everyone to see. That would be horrible!
While we can keep certain things from each other, we can’t keep them from God. We can play cloak and dagger with those around us; yet, our every thought, feeling, and action, no matter how secretive we keep them, are out in the open for God to see.
Even though this may make us feel sheepish or ashamed, it’s also incredibly liberating. We can’t keep anything from God. There are no fronts to put up, no parts to play, and no masks to wear. We can finally just be ourselves with God.
Psalm 139 put it this way, “You have searched me, Lord, 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, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.”
I pray you find this comforting, rather than overwhelming. I pray that it allows you to get comfortable and real with God. Because when you understand how much He knows you, you begin to know yourself. And once you embrace that, you can focus on becoming what God intended you to be.
YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME, LORD, 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, LORD, KNOW IT COMPLETELY. YOU HEM ME IN BEHIND AND BEFORE, AND YOU LAY YOUR HAND UPON ME.