“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…” Psalm139:1-6
Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We people please. Why? We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of the big R—Rejection. We think, if they really knew me, they wouldn’t like me.
The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O LORD, you have searched me (thoroughly) and have known me…You are acquainted with all my ways,” (Psalm 139:1-3 Amplified). Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us. Why do we have difficulty believing this?
We equate love with something that makes us feel good. If my life is good, then God loves me. If my life is bad, He loves me not. We often play, this “He loves me; He loves me not” game.
We bargain with God. I will do this for you and then you will do that for me. When our expectations are not met, we conclude that God doesn’t love us.
The truth is: God is always good and I am always loved.
The greatest proof of God’s love is Jesus. He died for us so we could live—really live here and in eternity.
God also shows his love in very practical ways. He plants “I love you” notes into each day. Can you find some? Here are a few of mine:
Thank you for the pattern the late afternoon sun makes on my wall.
Thank you, for the bright pink flowers on my cactus plant;
Thank you for the way the wind plays in the trees…
As we give thanks for these tangible things, we open the door for God’s salvation to come in (Psalm 50:23).
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you love me always and are with me always.