Lenten Reflection Day 35: The Sweetness of Being Known

Urban Isolation by Ken Figurski

The Day’s Scripture

Psalm 139:1-6 NIV  
1 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.


One of the most significant desires of every individual is to be truly known. Loving relationships involve individuals knowing each other intimately—knowing another’s quirks, her faults, his limitations, her strengths, his insecurities. The irony is, however, that this most significant of longings is also that which we fear the most.

The Psalmist is in awe of the totality of God’s knowing him.God is the One who has searched.  God seeks those who are His beloved–as the father in Jesus’ parable gazed daily hoping to find his lost son returning in the horizon.

Lord, there is no terrain, no geography, no crevice, no hiding place in me that remains outside your purview.  Let your knowledge envelop me with your great power, mystery, and familiarity.  You are behind me and before me, and your very hand is upon me.  To be known so completely is extremely vulnerable.  ‘Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.’  I want to run or worship under such a gaze.  You know me and love me, God!  Amen.

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