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.
Psalm 139:2-3 (NIV)
Familiar with All My Ways
A few years ago, Ipsos Reid took a survey of Canadians on behalf of the Dominion Institute and it sadly proved that most Canadians are not familiar with some of the most famous of Canada’s historical figures. When shown his picture, only one in four Canadians could identify Canada’s first Prime Minister John A. MacDonald. Canadians were more familiar with Terry Fox – 89% identified him when shown his picture, and 88% could identify singer Celine Dion. Sadly, only 19% could identify Tommy Douglas, father of Canada’s national medicare system. He was voted the most popular Canadian of the 20th century by Canadians in a 2004 poll.
Loneliness is a huge problem in our world. I recently read of a study that said those who spend the most time on social media are actually some of the loneliest people because they aren’t getting face to face human interaction. What a comfort, then, to know that our God is aware of everything in our lives and loves us dearly. King David understood this and wrote in Psalm 139:2-3: “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.” Leadership can be a lonely thing. I’m sure David felt the loneliness of making difficult decisions that were not always popular. So he found great comfort in the fact that God was watching over him and perceiving his thoughts. When you are feeling lonely, remember that the God who loves you knows all about you – where you are and what you are dealing with. And He draws alongside when you need Him the most.
These have been words from the heart.