You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.
In an age where privacy is such an important idea, the understanding of an omniscient God (an all knowing God), is somewhat frightening.
We are surrounded by a culture that communicates fear that there is always someone on the edge, on the border of our reality, who is looking to steal our possessions, or even worse yet, our identity. So we do all that we can to protect ourselves against the unseen thief.
Privacy settings, firewalls, goodness knows the number of anti-virus protection software on the market all to give us the feeling that we are safe.
When we proclaim to people that there is a God who knows everything, sees everything and is all powerful, a human’s first reaction is to worry about their privacy or their own interests because somewhere down inside all of us is this sinful idea that God is going to steal our identity and make us into some kind of Christian robot.
Yet, there is nothing further from the truth.
God’s power of omniscience (knowing everything) including where we go, what we think and what we do, exposes his love for us. Because he knows that we often choose the wrong course for life, he wants to reveal our true identity that is hidden in Christ.
We are God’s children and because of this, we are given true freedom to live life separate from fear. Because God perceives and knows in advance the ways we are likely to react to all situations, he calls us by name (just like he calls many biblical people – Moses, Miriam, Mary, Samuel and Jesus to name a few) to show that he has a plan for us, to give us a hope and a future, to prosper and grow in him.
When you recognise that God knows your name and knows everything about you, from the number of hairs on your head to the number of heartbeats you’ve been given in life, don’t be afraid, but be encouraged that Jesus is looking out for all of us together.
And for that we celebrate.
God’s peace to you as your listen for the God who knows you!