Knowing As He Knows Me

Psalm 139:1-2

You have searched me, LORD, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. — Psalm 139:1-2

Lord, You know me. Let me know You. Let me come to know You even as I am known. You are the strength of my soul; enter it and make it a place suitable for Your dwelling, a house “without spot or blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). This is my hope and my prayer. In this hope I rejoice, and it is right to rejoice in it.

As sinners we tend to lament the things that do not deserve our tears and be unaffected by things that deserve our sorrow.

For behold, you have loved the truth, because the one who does what is true enters into the light. — John 3:21

Help me do this truth both when I am alone and before many witnesses.

Lord, the depths of a person’s conscience lie exposed before Your eyes. Could I hide anything from You, even if I did not want to confess it to You? If I tried I would only be hiding You from myself, not myself from You.

Whoever I am, Lord, I lie exposed to Your scrutiny. I have already spoken of the profit I gain when I confess to You. But I do not confess with mere bodily speech, but with the words of my soul and the cry of my mind, which You hear and understand. When I am wicked, my confession to You is an expression of displeasure with myself. But when I do good, I confess that this goodness comes from You. “For You, Lord, bless the just man” (Psalm 5:12), but first You “justify the wicked” (Romans 4:5). And so I confess to You silence, but not in silence. My voice is silent but my heart cries out.

-Augustine (AD 354–430) was the bishop of Hippo in Algeria and a prolific theological and philosophical writer. He had a dramatic conversion at age thirty-two, and he is best known for his Confessions, City of God, and On the Trinity.

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Your Turn

When I think that God knows everything about me, every thought that’s ever passed through my mind, every desire, every sin, every secret, every intention, every hope, including every bit of my future, it’s both frightening and assuring. He knows and yet He still looks upon you and me in love and grace. That alone makes me want to know him more! What about you? How do you feel about God knowing you and about knowing Him more? Join the conversation on our blog! We would love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

James Stuart Bell

James Stuart Bell, Jr., is a former director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. The writer, editor, or compiler of more than 140 books, he owns Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency, and makes his home in the western suburbs of Chicago. Bell is married with four children.

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