Psalm 139 begins with these words,
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
These beautiful verses begin what many consider to be one of the most intimate psalms in all of the Bible. As David makes his way through these 24 verses he explains how there is nothing about him that God does not already know. In other words, David stands before God completely exposed, so much so that in verses 15 and 16 he writes,
My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance…
This level of exposure may sound intimidating at first, because it leaves us with no place to hide. David writes, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” Upon further reflection I believe that this exposure is one of the most comforting aspects of our relationship with God. Consider a few of the benefits of standing totally exposed before God.
- Being exposed before God frees me from any pretense. So much of life is spent trying to be someone or something that we’re not. Yet, there is no reason to pretend with God, because He is already fully aware of exactly who we are. In other words, we are free to be ourselves with God.
- Being exposed before God frees me from the fear of man. Because God already knows every single detail of my life, including all of my faults I don’t need to be afraid of what other people find out about me. This isn’t to say that we need to go parading our sin about, but rather that because God already knows all of the details of my life and there is no one I want to please more than Him, I don’t need to be afraid of what men say or think of me.
- Being exposed before God reminds me of my need for the Gospel. The thing which makes my exposure before God bearable is the fact that Christ has cleansed me and clothed me with his righteousness. Ultimately, I have no business standing before God with any confidence whatsoever, yet because of the work of Christ I can come before the throne of grace with confidence because of what Christ has done.
May 24 2010 05:00 am | Devotional