Words from the Heart for Monday October 19th, 2020
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Psalm 139:3 (NIV)
Familiar With All My Ways
Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, in a speech to the House of Commons in 1936, made a statement that has become a familiar description of Canada: “We are fortunate both in our neighbours and in our lack of neighbours. It may be that this fortunate position is not due to any special virtue on our part, that it is an accident of geography and of history. It is equally true, I should add, that if some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.”
If you’ve been married for a long time, your spouse knows your ways. He or she can pretty much predict how you are going to react to anything that comes your way. I know that it has been said that familiarity breeds contempt, but I would argue that it also leads to attraction. We like someone we are familiar with. That is the case in our relationship with God. Psalm 139:3 says “You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” God knows everything about us. He knows where we spend our time, and with whom. He sees all that we do, even when we are alone. The right answer to the old philosophical question, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” is “of course it does,” because there is no place where God is not. He created you, and is familiar with you – the good, the bad and the ugly. And even though He knows the worst in you, He loves you dearly. So much so, that He wants to deal with all that steals your peace. Allow Him to do so.
These have been words from the heart.