Monday, May 22, 2017

To be known

If we're honest most of us are afraid of opening ourselves up to others completely.  This makes us vulnerable.  So we wrap ourselves up in a protective layer - fear, confrontation, isolation.

We don't like to be fully known.  We find God wants to open the places where no one sees...sometimes not even ourselves.

When we look into Psalm 139, which is held close to many hearts as a very personal and encouraging psalm about how much God knows and loves us.

God knows everything about us, even those parts we either try to hide, or lock away.  He knows our fears, hopes, dreams.  He understands us better than we understand ourselves.  Are we willing to allow God to take us through the process of opening ourselves up to Him?  Don't ever doubt in the darkness what you knew to be true in the light.

So what do we do?  Take courage - allow God to examine your heart and let him show you what you need to deal with/address.  Take the time to sit down with Him and spend time reading Scripture.  Don't just read the Bible, reflect - meditate - chew it over - think deeply about the scripture you are reading.

Know that you can't ever fully understand God or all about this life.  And that's not bad.  It's makes our life journey interesting and means we have to choose to trust God, instead of ourselves.

Make the most of life whilst you are here on earth.  We have this time, this opportunity to make a difference - either good or bad in our life and in the lives of those around us.

Psalm 139
For the choir director: A psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
    and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
    You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
    and when I rest at home.
    You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
    even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
    if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
    if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
    and the light around me to become night—
12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
    Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!
19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
    Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
    your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
    Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
    for your enemies are my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

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