“O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
“You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,
you are there.
If I rise up on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
I like the active verbs in this psalm, especially the word “searched” in verse 1. Our God “knit me together in my mother’s womb” (later in this psalm, verse 13), but He didn’t lose interest in me after that; no, He is active in knowing who I am now. He has searched my inmost thoughts (verse 1); He cares about the smallest acts of me sitting and standing up (verse 2); He knows what I am going to say before I say it (verse 4). And I am humbled. I am humbled that our God—who made the heavens and the earth, who tore down the walls of Jericho, who sets up kings and deposes them—takes such an active and minute-by-minute interest in me. He is good. -Erin