O LORD, you have searched me
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 know it completely, O LORD.
In a sense of relief the psalmist acknowledged God’s complete knowledge of his heart. Here there is no hint of fear or worry for he has grasped what it means to be known by God — this knowledge of his soul is in safe hands, the safest in the universe, Almighty God of Limitless Love. The entire focus of the entire God-head is directed to the darkest recesses of our hearts and God knows us better than we know ourselves. God knows our soul – your soul and my soul – fully, and this can only be said about God, who knows everything and knows everything instantly.
And this knowledge is held in God’s mind with interest and care, looking for the most current thoughts of our hearts. He whose thoughts are measurelessly higher than mine, whose ways are infinitely holier than mine, and whose words are flawless, still takes interest in what I think, in where I go, and in what I say. The Eternal Father observes the least descendent of Adam with the care that only a loving Creator can hold. This is the God we come home to, and even if we stumble across the threshold in prodigal-like disgrace, He rushes to embrace us.
Because God has created us and searches our hearts He has created a salvation that is perfect for our needs. His grace is shaped to cover your every sin; His wisdom is crafted to direct your every thought; His power is present to guide you in all your ways; His Spirit is here to even help you phrase your every word. A full salvation prepared by a perfect God.
In simple trust you can rest from this day’s labor, confident that when you awake God will grant you the strength you need for morning, the patience you will need at the midday, and the peace you will need in the evening.
Lord, in this Lenten season I put aside my dependence on all things and rest all my hopes upon You. You have me on Your heart every moment, and You call me home to rest in You and to know Your heart. You are more than enough God for me. Amen.