- Psalm 139 (VU p.861)
Early Thoughts: Is it a blessing or a threat to say that we are so closely known?
This Psalm is one of my favourite passages in all of Scripture. It influences much of my prayer life, and has for many years. There is great comfort in these words. And yet I wonder if there is some discomfort there as well.
We all have secrets. Things we don't want to admit to ourselves, let alone to another. According to this Psalm, God knows all these things. We all have hopes we dare not name lest we somehow jinx the chance of them coming true (or set ourselves up for crushing disappointment when they don't come true). God knows these things too. We all have fears we dare not name aloud lest they become somehow more real by being given space. God knows what these are. This can be a discomforting realization.
And yet there is still comfort in knowing that God is not "out there" somewhere. God is also "right here", intimate, close.
And so is it a blessing or a curse that GOd knows us so deeply. What does it mean to be Wholly Known by the Holy Knower?