Some people find it a bit disconcerting that “big brother is watching.” I’ve heard people complain when they see ads on their social media that are specifically targeted to them. I admit it is a little spooky when something pops up and it’s obvious “they” know what I’ve been doing with my time and what I’ve purchased in the past while.
But at the same time I kind of like it. I like being made aware of things that interest me – youtube always lets me know when the Piano Guys post a new video, for instance, and I like getting that little email that tells me what new plays are coming to my favourite theatre. It kind of feels like “they” are looking out for me.
Being known by some faceless entity can be a little scary because we just aren’t sure who to trust. Being known by God can be terrifying. The idea that He knows our every move makes some people squirm. The idea that he knows the number of hairs on our head and cares about every move we make makes some people uncomfortable.
I kind of like it. No, actually, I love it. I love the words of Psalm 139 that says, “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 ... 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” (Psalm 139: 2 – 10).
As a writer and speaker I especially love the words, “before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely” (v.4). He knows the words I will write and speak. He is aware of the exact words that will change a life. He knows the impact they will have on those who read and hear them. He is in control of it all.
And I love the fact that He knows my name and has called me to write. He has given me this gift that I might know Him and that others might hear of Him through me. I look on this as a blessing and a privilege. I love the words of Isaiah 45:3 – “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”
He knows my name, He knows me and He knows the work He has for me to do. Because He is entirely trustworthy that doesn’t make me squirm. It makes me want to shout, hallelujah!