Monday, January 19, 2009

The God Who Knows Me

Epiphany is the season of the liturgical year when Christians for many centuries have celebrated God being revealed, particularly through the person of Jesus. Psalm 139 is an Old Testament passage -- that is, written before Jesus came to earth as a baby -- which reveals God in a particularly interesting sort of meta-way; that is, it reveals God as one who reveals us.

O Lord, you have searched me
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 know it completely, O Lord...
Search me, O 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.
(Psalm 139:1-4, 23-24)

God knows each one of us, and wants to be known by each one of us. It's individual, and interpersonal. The God of the universe is not satisfied simply to be respected; He seeks genuine relationship.

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