Foreword:

Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Lord, you have searched me, and known me

The Lord ponders the hearts.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. — The Lord will show who are his, and who is holy. — Your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hid from you. — When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then you knew my path. — He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows those who are his. And, let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

We can be sure that God knows us. In fact, "in Him we live, and move, and have our being."  He is always present, never absent.  It is both a wonderful and terrible reality that He is right here with us all the time.  He sees, and He's present.  This can give great comfort in times of distress.  You think the Lord doesn't understand your pain, your grief, your struggles?  Wrong.  Not only does He see and know, He sees "inside"--"Man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart" and, "Everything is naked and opened in the eyes of Him with whom we have to do..." So when someone else declares you to be evil, and your motives wrong, God knows. With Him is the final judgment, when the secrets of  your heart will be revealed, and "every man shall have praise from God."  The most fascinating thing is that God knows the "hidden things"--things we keep from everyone, and He loves us anyway.  If you are in a Bible-reading mood, read Psalm 139 sometime today.  It will help you greatly.  Psalm 139 reveals God's knowledge of your every circumstance, and His interest in all parts of your life.  So whatever He knows, His point is not blackmail.  It's grace and goodness, and the desire that you be filled with His life and power.

PROV. 21:2. Psa. 1:6. ‑Num. 16:5. -Matt. 6:4. Psa. 139:23,24. ‑I John 4:18. Psa. 38:9. ‑Psa. 142:3. ‑Rom. 8:27. II Tim. 2:19.