Wednesday, October 19, 2016

He Knows.

So Leslie Knope is still on my brain. And Psalm 139:14: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” First of all, do yourself a favor and build up your faith by reading Psalm 139. The whole thing, it’s not long. Here, I’ll put it right here for you:

“You have searched me, Lord, and You know me.
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.
Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with You.
If only You, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of You with evil intent; Your adversaries misuse Your Name.
Do I not hate those who hate You, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against You?
I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

What a God, right?! What an amazing God Who is with us in the heights and depths and the faraway places. No such thing as “too high” or “too low” or “too far away”. What grace!

Even more grace-filled because it comes after the Verse that is both terrifying and thrilling: “You know me”.  Whoa. He knows me. Those things I want everyone to know about me, so I heavily advertise them. And those things I want no one to know about me, so I hide them. All of it.

And yet… “Where can I go from Your Spirit”. Nowhere. And not because He wants you to “face yourself”, but so that His hand will guide you and His right hand will hold you fast (verse 10).

So that He can be the Light in your darkness. That is why you can’t get away from Him. Because He wants to bring light to you! Again, what a God! What grace!

And then Verse 14. Do you? Do you know full well that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? We love to say this Verse about babies and write it on cards for baby showers along with Verse 13, but do we believe it still applies? I mean, after a little history under our belts, some wrong roads chosen, some sin committed, some regret lodged in our brains, do we still believe it?

When is the last time you praised Him for it? That’s what it says, right? “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” If not, why not? Because you don’t feel so wonderful? Because you feel like you don’t have the right to because you flawed the original design? JOIN THE CLUB SISTER. That’s all of us—that is our story, that is our song. We messed up. We stained ourselves. We did it.

So, wait, does that mean we can no longer praise Him for being fearfully and wonderfully made?  I don’t think any one of you would look me in the eyeballs and say yes to that. And still, many days, our praise stays locked behind closed lips.

And yet, “You know me”, comes first.

He knows.

And that is enough.

Enough reason to praise Him. He knew beforehand that you would mess up. He knew you would blow it. He knew you would blow it before you came to know Jesus and soak in His forgiveness, and He knew you would blow it after that glorious moment.

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

He knew alright.

Would you take some time and praise Him today for being fearfully and wonderfully made? Yes, YOU! And me! I am fearfully and wonderfully made, with my dorky love of all things binders. With my advertise-able assets. And with my more numerous unbecoming and embarrassing faults.

All of me. He knows all of me. All of you. He knows all of you.

And YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. Go on and praise Him for it.

Love you all!