Ever felt misunderstood. Ever had a situation where your intentions were good, but people interpreted you in a negative light. Ever felt that people just don’t “get” you. In our world where social media often determines who is “liked” and who is not, it can be pretty hard to be known intimately and personally by someone.
Most of us are just lonely.
In fact, being intimate and known by someone is for most people their heart’s desire, it is just part of our DNA. How God “knit us together” (Psalm 139:13) with a desire for intimate relationship, where we are known and loved.
We as humans are designed for relationship.
When God created man, He designed us to love, exactly in His image, because He is love. When we are in a relationship with God, it is all about moving into deeper and deeper intimacy with God. He longs for us to know Him, just like He intimately knows us.
We forget this sometimes: that God knows us intimately.
He even knows that which we don’t even know about ourselves. He also knows our deepest hurt and how other people think of us. He knows where we are broken and where we are fixed. He even knows our very thoughts before we do.
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.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain. (Psalm 139:1-6)
God, knowing us so well, may be a little intimidating.
At least for me it is, because I know how often I mess up. However, I have come to understand that I am in a love relationship with Him and more specifically that I am His child. (Romans 8:14) Psalm 103 tells me that He knows what I am made of…
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:13-14)
He understands me, He knows my weaknesses and my strengths. He is not a Father that expects perfection from His children (those that fear Him), but understands that I am human, fallen, prone to sin and death.
He also knows that I will make mistakes.
…the Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:8-12)
I merely have to confess my mistakes to him (1 John 1:9) and my slate with Him is clean. He is merciful to me and works to be reconciled to me in a relationship of love.
His love “is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Cor 13:5-7)
- Have you ever spent time considering how much God knows about you? Read again Psalm 139 as if you have written it.
- If God knows everything about you, is there any chance you will catch Him by surprise? If He is familiar with all Your Ways is there anything in your life that He does not know about right now?
- Ever feel like no one “gets” you and that You don’t really fit in anywhere? What does God says about that?
Love understands me.
Father, thank you that I am your child and that You know me intimately. Thank you that You understand me, the way I work, what I am like. Thank You that You accept me just the way I am, and yet You know that I am made of dust. Thank You that You will continue the work in me, until the Day of its completion. Thank You for Your love, Your compassion, Your patience with me.
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