Recently, I have found myself in need of seeking. Seeking for a home, a grocery, gas stations, home improvement type stores, plant stores, playgrounds, a bible study, social groups, playmates for my kids….really the list goes on and on. In all that seeking and (thankfully, mostly) finding; I am reminded of the grace and goodness of the Lord. That no matter where I am, He knows me.
He knows me.
He searches me and knows me.
That knowledge is overwhelming…
It overwhelms my fears, my complaints, my negative self-talk. It overwhelms me with gratitude, unexplainable peace and love that know no bounds.
We sang this hymn our first Sunday in Germany…
O God, you search me and you know me.
All my ways lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you go before me:
Ever the maker and keeper of my days.
You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting you besiege me:
In ev’ry moment of life or death, you are.
Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too.
Although your Spirit is upon me,
still I search for shelter from your light.
There is nowhere on earth I can escape you:
Even the darkness is radiant in your sight.
For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.
Paraphrase of Psalm 139
Composer: Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)
Maybe you have found yourself searching and in need of Christ’s overwhelming presence in your life. I am finding that I need to seek Him continually…. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
I love that the promises of God are true. From the times of King David to Jeremiah; to when Jesus walked the earth; to me and you today….His promises are true, His Word is truth. Be encouraged; seek and you will find.