It’s been said that, “Reflection is good for the soul.” I’m not sure who said it. I’ve looked it up, spent hours trying to find where that saying originates, to no avail. Reflection, the honest type, can be a little terrifying. Yet even in our most transparent moments we can find it easy to gloss over our shortcomings, focusing on our intentions rather than our actions.
It takes courage to ask God to share His reflections on us, for He sees us and knows us as we actually are. David managed to summon up that courage as he wrote Psalm 139. This chapter highlights God’s omnipresence and omniscience. God is everywhere and knows everything. If we truly seek to know ourselves then we must seek to know God.
Not only does God know everything that has happened, He knows everything that will happen. God Himself made each of us, and before our days had begun He knew each one of them and how we would spend them. No wonder David said that God’s knowledge is “too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.”
God’s knowledge of each one of us is perfect, complete. Yet He loves us all the same. As David wraps up Psalms 139 he asks God to search him. Though God already knew all there was to know about David, and by extension all there is to know about all of us. What David was really asking was for the Lord to reveal to David who David truly was and to purify him and lead “in the everlasting way.”
That is about as courageous a prayer as any of us will ever pray.
This week I’ll be reading portions of Psalms 139 during Mid Day Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM each weekday.
Mon 04/12 Psalms 139:1-5
Tue 04/13 Psalms 139:6-10
Wed 04/14 Psalms 139:13-16
Thu 04/15 Psalms 139:17-18
Fri 04/16 Psalms 139:23-24
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