Psalm 139 has been in my heart and on the tip of my tongue for a long time. Recently, the words have flowed through my mind as a prayer needing to be spoken out loud. I am filled with gratitude as I begin to read the words of the psalm and a sense of belonging fills my soul. I am filled with a deep assurance that our stories were meant to be.
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:1-2
These beautiful words shout to all that we are known. We are known by the Lord. I am captivated by God, who loves me more than I can comprehend, simply by choosing me to join His story.
Psalm 139 continues with these words…
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain. vs. 3-6
Knowing we are known and chosen by God assures us our lives are guarded on all sides with the armor of being known and loved by God. His knowledge of us is not an afterthought. He purposely chose us to be part of His story at this time and in this place. Never doubt that our stories were meant to be.
God knew we were part of His plan even before we were born. He tells us in Psalm 139 that He had already written us into His book and His story for us was crafted before we were a blip on the radar of our parents hearts.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. vs. 16
The power of God’s story intersecting with our own is beyond our imagination. He created us from nothing to tell a story of who we are as His children. As we prepare to create a better understanding of our place in God’s story this Advent, we walk into this time holding the truth of being known.
When we read God’s word and dive into the story, we learn of the many key men and women, who were unknown, until God chose them. Each man or woman tells their own story of redemption and freedom from the chains that bound them. This is our story as children of God too. We are broken people who need God for redemption. This is where our stories collide with God’s story bound by His gift of grace.
We understand Peter’s shortcomings because they are ours too. When he steps out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water, we know what it feels like to be completely sure one minute and anything but certain the next. We might see the woman at the well as a woman who lived a life of poor choices. But what connects us more deeply is the immediate grace Jesus extends to her because He knows her even better than she knows herself. We know what it feels like to call out desperately for God over and over when things don’t seem to be going our way. This was the life of the Israelites as they cried out for mercy, forgetting that God is always ready to provide. We just need to believe.
Preparing for Advent means we are waiting in God’s presence to understand His truths and hold them as our own. We are taking the knowledge that we are known by God to continue to unlock the grace and love that He has for us. This process of becoming known allows our hearts to better receive the gift that comes in the form of Jesus on Christmas.
May we all hold the truth that we are known by God as we move through Advent and unwrap the story of Jesus.
Blessings along the way!
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