Psalm 139:1 “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.”
I love this psalm. It has so many profound truths about our relationship with the Lord. The very first verse sets the context of the whole psalm. His passion for us is clear in this verse. To search means to try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly. He has searched us carefully so that He may know us. To know means to have developed a relationship with someone through meeting and spending time with them, to be familiar or friendly with someone.
Both words clarify that He pursues relationship with us before we ever seek Him. There is care and thoroughness as well as time spent in becoming our friend. Jesus said to His disciples in John 15 ‘I have called you friends’. Not servants but friends! He said that everything He learned from the Father He has made known to us. This is a two way street. It is not just about us pouring our heart out to Him. He confides in us all that the Father has confided in Him. There are no secrets.
He knows my activities, my thoughts, and is familiar with all my ways. In fact He knows what I am going to say before I say it. That is truly a prime indicator of intimacy in relationships. I often know what Bonnie is going to say in a situation before she says it. Our children were amazed at how often our answers to their requests were word for word the same. How did we do it? It was due to intimacy developed through searching each other and knowing each other.
The Lord has this intimate knowledge of you. He is more than willing that you should have such knowledge of Him. In response to such love and friendship the psalmist says: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Prayer: “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Lord, reveal Your heartfelt thoughts to me as I search Your word and pray. Holy Spirit come and reveal what You have heard in the presence of the Father and the Son so that I may know the depth of Your love and Your ways for me.”