I just shared a few days ago about WAKING UP with “not enough” on my mind. Last night, I went to bed with the weight of the world on my shoulders.
I know, I am at risk here of being just a bit TOO REAL, right?!!
This is the deal. This is a tough world. We need to be real with one another but even more important than that–we need to be real WTH GOD! He sees it all anyway. We are naked as far as He is concerned. We came naked. We will leave naked. He knows it all. He owns it all!!
Last night was filled with some hard life stuff as my Honey and I sat and faced some difficult life situations with a precious family member. The good answers did not “overflow” from our plans. It seems ALL ANSWERS are tough right now. Honestly–THERE IS NO HOPE OUTSIDE OF GOD’S INTERVENTION, DIRECTION, WISDOM, COMFORT!
The book is based upon the 24 verses found in Psalm 139. I lived those verses before I wrote the book, during the writing of the book and I still live them NOW!
In this very first verse, Psalm 139:1, David is reminding himself of a truth about God he had learned from his childhood Hebrew lessons: one name for God is El Roi—the God Who Sees! With a sense of wonder in his words, David acknowledges that God sees everything, from the inside (his heart) to the outside (his actions).
God sees the good, the bad, and the ugly in each of us. As we take our first dip into the stunning beauty of Psalm 139, we discover what a personal God we serve. David has a confident relationship with God. In fact, God’s thoughts are all about him, as far as David is concerned. The twenty-four intimate verses in this psalm use some version of the word me over forty times. No, David is not being conceited. What makes David different than most Christians today is that David admits and embraces the truth that God is always thinking about him. Likewise, God is always thinking about you. God knows what you are doing, what you are thinking, and what you ate for breakfast. He knows your fears and when and why you hide from everyone—including yourself.
Our brains have a difficult time wrapping around this reality, don’t they? There have been many times in my life as a woman, a wife, and a mom when I felt I needed to see everything, everywhere, all the time, but I just could not. I, just like you, am limited in my abilities. However, stepping into the amazing glory of Psalm 139, we are confronted right out of the gate with the reality that God has already searched us. He already knows us, which means all of us: our hearts, words, thoughts, actions, and intentions. This very thought that the God of the universe, my Creator, my Savior, has seen what I have done has brought me tremendous peace, and sometimes lack of peace, many times in my life. Can you relate?
I have a not-so-pretty past. I have made some decisions not worthy of a holy God to watch. And honestly? I still do. The difference between then and now is that now my life is devoted to searching and knowing God right back.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. (Ps. 139:1 NIV)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. (NLT)
The word searched used in this verse refers to investigating or exploring the earth by boring or digging in it. The literal interpretation of this word is “to search the earth for water or precious metals.” It means to search accurately or closely. As a result of that close investigation, nothing is concealed.
Everything is laid bare. Everything.
Psalm 139:1 lead me to the first truth about real freedom! God’s Got This. I can trust Him. I can depend upon Him. I can place my FULL TRUST in Him.
You can too my friend.
If you went to bed with the weight of the world on your shoulders–MAYBE you COULD do like I did before I went to sleep, and again when I woke up.
Get Naked before God.
Tell Him what you feel, fear, need.
I promise, You WILL step out clothed in FAITH!
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