Discovering Who I Am, Relationships, Words of Endurance
We Are An Open Book Before God
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
PSALM 139:13-16 (THE MESSAGE)
I just recently visited the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and one of the highlights was when I was able to visit the laboratory where they are studying the cell for the purpose of stem cell transplants. As the scientist explained how each cell functions and all that these cells do in protecting us – I stood in awe! I was amazed at how marvelously made we are! I could only cry out as King David did in Psalm 139 – what a creation we are – created by the Great Creator!
He knows us inside and out – which means He knows our hearts – the very seat of our being. There is no hiding our hearts from Him. And what is even harder for me to grasp – harder for me to wrap my finite human mind around – is that even though He knows my heart He still loves me!
I am an open book before God – one more reason that I do not need to try and hide my heart from God because I can’t! This is one more good reason to shed my masks and be real before God! This is one more good reason that I can trust God with who I truly am – warts and all – because …
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
PSALM 139:1-6 (THE MESSAGE)
On the Journey with You,