Reading: Psalm 139: 1-12
Verse One: O Lord, you have searched me and know me.
Although the Psalm is centuries old, it still speaks powerfully of the relationship we can have with our God. When David penned this Psalm, he had matured in his faith and his position in life was pretty secure. But in his youth he had been through periods of trial and testing, through times of fleeing and rebellion. Through these experiences he developed a very intimate relationship with God. The Psalm is a celebration of that relationship. It also calls out to us to each seek an intimate relationship with God.
Verse one begins with the basis of the relationship: “O Lord, you have searched me and know me”. It is not a snoopy or creepy knowing – it is a lovely and caring knowing. God is both all-knowing and ever-present. But it is a sign of intimacy when we choose to live into these facts – it shows we are all in too. The idea that God knows the words of our hearts and minds before they come to our tongue reveals that God is all in. Just as much as we need God, God desires a deeply personal and intimate relationship as well.
Verse seven begins with “where can I go…” and “where can I flee…” questions. David is not seeking to hide from God or to take a break from the relationship. He is celebrating that God is everywhere. David knows that no matter where he goes and no matter where life may bring him, God will be there. God is in the heavens and in the depths and on the far side of the sea. Even in the darkness God is fully present. No matter where he goes, David finds that God is right there for him.
God invites us into an intimate, deeply personal relationship. God seeks anf offers transparency and honesty and an all in commitment to the relationship. Even though we may wander from time to time and drift to the edge on occasion, God is always pursuing us, always seeking to deepen our relationship. May we each pursue this relationship with our God and King. This day may we move deeper into the depths of God’s love.