A couple weeks back I touched on a few verses from Psalm 139. This week I wanted to write again from the same chapter. What can I say? It has a lot of great stuff in it! So it says at the beginning of the passage, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away . . . You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.”
God knows us down to our core. He sees the things we put on the surface, and how we make ourselves look better or holier to others, but He also sees what’s underneath. He sees the heart and knows it. Thinking about that myself is kind of freaky because there are things I keep deep down inside hidden from everyone, but God sees them. He sees every judgment I make. He sees every hurtful thought I may have. He sees all of this, yet He still loves me. On the flip side He also sees all the good, even when no one else does. He sees when you go out of your way to help a stranger. He knows when we think about Him, and that touches His heart more than we will ever know.
He knows how many more times we will fail Him, and choose other things over Him. He knows all this, yet He chooses to still love us and stay with us for eternity. I don’t know about you, but that just amazes me. Think about it. Say you have a friend and they just keep blowing you off because they would rather hangout with other people, would you still want to be their friend? I probably wouldn’t, but that is exactly what God does. He remains faithful even when we stray away from Him. Just like it says in 2 Timothy 3:13, “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.” That is one of the many characteristics of God that always stands out to me. Because of God’s unwavering faithfulness we can be sure that He will stick it out with us through to the end.
While it is wonderful to remember the greatness of God’s love and faithfulness, it is also important to reflect on the condition of our heart. Just as it says in the Psalm, God examines our heart and knows it, but if you read to the end of the chapter the psalmist, David, goes on to say in verses 23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” After he spends the entire chapter talking about how wonderful and awe inspiring it is to serve a God who “knit (him) together in (his) mother’s womb”, and is constantly thinking about him, he asks God to point out anything in his heart that is displeasing to Him. David understood that God would love him no matter what, and that He could never escape from His love, but he also understood that he served a great and mighty God. He understood that he was God’s very own masterpiece made to give that same love back, and because of that he desired to please God.
So think about what your actions are saying to God. Are they reflecting the same love that He gives us? Are they showing a desire to please God or a desire to please the world? It is important to remember the God who made us, and to live our lives in such a way to give back as much as humanly possible the love He gives us.