My grandkids know me as “Popi.” I recently asked one of the younger ones if they knew my name—and surprise—they did! How well does God know us?
We have been glancing at Psalm 1 to start the New Year. So far the Psalm has been largely about us. We’ve talked about “blessing” (God’s favor) and been challenged to do what it takes to “delight” in the Word of God in fresh ways this year (meditate). This week, consider what the Psalmist tells us about God. Let’s hear it through the time-honored King James Version:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
It is noteworthy what is assumed about God. He wants to bless us—a striking opposite to an often held view of God that He is the original Scrooge (verse 1). Also, God wants to and has communicated with us through His “law” (Scripture)—far from the aloof deity we assume He is when He is apparently quiet (verse 2). Then, He is an involved and promising God, providing a satisfying and helpful way to live (“prosper”) and, ultimately, going to make things right when He judges those that reject Him and His ways (verses 5-6).
Verse six has a wonderful attribute of God to close: God knows everything. “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
God knows our joys and sorrows, our secret burdens and sins, our dashed hopes and forgotten dreams. Everything. Our souls are naked before Him. He understands our dead end job, uncaring boss, our aging aches and pains, our budget, our demanding kids and insensitive spouse, our losses and crosses, our fears and secret joys. He knows everything, every day, and every minute. He knows our successes that others don’t recognize or remember. He knows every unnoticed random act of kindness we have done for Him for others. And, in-spite of all the negatives He knows about us, His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Wow!
Let us give thanks for who God is, His watchful eye, and for how He still loves us so!