Have you ever felt like you just aren’t good enough? Maybe you grew up in church and experienced pressure to act or be a certain way in order for God to love you? Perhaps you are a new believer in Christ that now labors under the belief that your life should be perfect in order to prove that you are truly saved and redeemed?
If you have ever experienced the shame of knowing that you just can’t measure up, the knowledge that God knows everything can feel overwhelming. He knows every single mess up, slips up, and failure. He knows every internal struggle and sinful thought. Yikes! It can leave you wondering how He feels about the sinners (you and me!) that He redeems.
David, the Psalmist, understood these feelings about how vulnerable we are before an all-knowing God. In fact, he went a step further and emphasized the truth that there is nowhere we can hide from God either!
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:7-10
What makes the Psalmist’s view important to those of us who struggle with the idea of being known is this: David understood that an all-knowing God is a good God. The fact that God knows everything, thus we are not able to hide from Him clearly shows His power and grace. Power in that we can’t hide from or outwit Him. That is good. Grace in that there is no darkness in our hearts that He cannot reveal and redeem. That is good.
The fact that God is all-knowing is the knowledge that invites us to worship…not to fear or shame. There is no sin or shame we carry that is a surprise to Him. When we called us to Him, He already knew who we are and what we are capable of. And He offered grace for all of it.
What love. What a truly powerful and gracious God.
Reflect: Read Psalm 139. Have you ever given thought to the truth that the Spirit is always present? How does God’s presence bring you comfort?
Respond: Set aside time today to meditate on Psalm 139 and to experience the awe that comes with realizing how big and good He truly is. Be intentional in your worship as you thank Him for His grace and mercy.
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