November 4

Known Completely

Psalm 139:1-4, 6 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether…. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.

I Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

Isn’t it a joy when you get to know someone who genuinely “gets” you? Someone who tracks with your thinking, your sense of humor, your interests, and even your quirks? These are blessings from the Lord, partly because they give us a picture of His own heart and actions toward us.

I Corinthians 13:12 (above) makes a heavenly promise with a lovely implication. After explaining that the gifts of the Spirit will only last until Jesus returns, Paul gives us a glimpse of heaven by saying that “I shall know just as I also am known.” That verse promises us that we will know deeply and completely in heaven. It also implies that we are deeply and completely known by God now. As we live, breathe, act, and even sleep, the Lord knows us completely. He “gets” us. As our Creator and our Savior, He understands us inside and out.

Psalm 139 is generally considered the go-to Psalm for this thought, and what was true for King David is true for us. God knows us. He knows our sitting down and our rising up. He understands our thinking—not only our thoughts, but how we think, how we process information and emotions. He understands how we put things together and come up with the conclusions that we do. He even understands our sense of humor completely.

He knows our fears. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, and it doesn’t compromise His love for us a bit. He knows what we like and dislike, and what makes us laugh out loud with joy. Yes, of course He knows what He is doing with us, and He “comprehend[s] [our] path” (Ps. 139:3). And of course He loves us enough to want to change us into the image of His Son, and to correct those things that hurt others and us.

But know that you are known, and even in that knowledge, loved. Even when others don’t understand you, He does. Even when your behavior is confusing to your friends, or even to yourself, He completely understands you. You are not a mystery to Him. He understands your prayers before you pray them, and comprehends your thoughts “afar off” (v. 2)

If the Lord sends you friends who “get” you, be thankful and rejoice for the gift. But even if friends betray, leave, move away, or occasionally get confused by the things you do and say, He still completely, thoroughly, deeply and fully understands you. What peace that brings!

Prayer: Father, thank You that You fully know me. I stand with David that such knowledge is too wonderful for me, but I nevertheless want to receive that truth as deeply as I can. May I grow more appreciative of it every day.