29 Days of Living Well: KNOWN
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
A major key to living well is knowing who I am, whose I am, and what foundation I stand upon. My identity defines my relationships, my work, and my purpose. Psalm 139 is one of my favorite passages. It is a beautiful poem that outlines God’s power. God is all-knowing (v. 1), ever present (v. 7), and gracious (v. 17). This passage teaches me that God has control both over the most holiest places and the most evil places. God is Creator and makes wonderful things – including us! More than anything, God is gracious and lovingly concerned about the people he created. God has every day of our lives outlined and numbered before they even appear. Psalm 139 is a reminder that nothing we do or say can shock God or make us any less known. We were made with intention, care, and value.
You are known: deeply, infinitely, intimately, and graciously.
So how do we apply this? Misapplied, we may think Psalm 139 is all about us. The key is balance. Don’t think of yourself as so important to think that you can comprehend the ways and knowledge of God, or that you have earned unconditional love. On the other hand, don’t think of yourself as so unimportant that you dismiss the reality that YOU ARE KNOWN: Deeply (vv.1-6), Infinitely (vv. 7-12), Intimately (vv. 13-16), and Graciously (vv.17-18).