Dear Christian Friend;
BE ENCOURAGED – GOD KNOWS YOU
“I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too – your reassuring
presence, coming and going” (Psalm 139: 5-6 MSG).
‘BRITAIN has a CCTV camera for every 11 people’ declared a report in 2013. Since that time
there has been further growth and an increase in private camera devices monitoring
private homes. Britain’s surveillance commissioner is surprised no law has been introduced
about how intrusive the ‘spy’ technologies have become.
The psalmist ask, ‘Where can’t I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?’ The answer was nowhere – and rather than feeling spied on, the writer is encouraged by God’s continual presence. God knows us intimately and is with us constantly. Loftier language would say God is omniscient and omnipresent – or simply put, all-knowing and always present. Rather than be alarmed, the psalmist is impressed and comforted by this knowledge. The Message reflects that by its use of ‘reassuring presence’.
These verses (Psalm 139: 1-12) are full of praise and adoration for a God who knows us.
The psalm recounts everyday life, sitting and rising, going our and coming in.
It is encouraging to know that God’s reassuring presence is with us – even knowing a word
before it is on our tongue, our thoughts or our purposes. Our Christianity must be
authentic, for while we can fool people around us, God knows exactly who we are.
The writer of this psalm was full of thanksgiving and although the thought of being
hemmed in sounds like being trapped, God is assuring us of his protection.
God bless you richly.
God loves and cares about you – and so do I.
Remember – YOU are in God’s hands and in my prayers.