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The Lenten Journey 2015 – God Knows Me Best

ELB“O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.”
Psalm 139:1-4

Nobody knows me as well as they think. Those with whom I interact frequently are only marginally acquainted with me. My loved ones know me better than most, but even they don’t know me as well as they claim. Occasionally, I’m somewhat angered with those who say they know me, because they continue to demonstrate that they don’t. They know the person I project or who they choose to see. But, as far as really knowing me, there’s so much more to understand.

It’s difficult to remain upset with others for not knowing me, because it forces the confession that maybe I don’t know myself that well, either. At times, I feel excitement at one moment and depression in another, experiencing thoughts and feelings that are foreign to me. Just when I thought I knew myself, I discover that I don’t know myself that well at all.

God knows me! That truth can be both embarrassing and comforting: Embarrassing because I realize again that God was right and I was wrong–really wrong! Comforting in that God knew me all along and my thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes did not surprise God. The Lord was always aware of who I was in the deeper places of my being. The Psalmist acknowledges the omniscience of God and notes its impact upon his personal life: “God knows my thoughts afar off.”

This Lenten Season, acknowledge and celebrate that we are known of God. Our downsitting and our uprising, our thoughts and desires, our dreams and emotions are all known by God–yet God loves us unconditionally. We need never pretend with God, nor try to impress or inform God. The Lord knows us better than anybody, including ourselves.

Maybe (just maybe) you, too, can find comfort in knowing that God knows you best.

Pastor E.L. Branch
Third New Hope Baptist Church
12850 Plymouth Road
Detroit, MI 48227
www.thirdnewhope.com

BELOVED, 

Let’s worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth today! Remember during this Lenten Season to encourage our guest bloggers in the comment section as well as share your thoughts and journey. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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  1. Eld.P Broadnax says:

    Wonderful and encouraging word!

  2. Presiding Elder Chuma Okoli says:

    Thank you Pastor Branch for reminding me that God knows me more than I know myself. Your message was insightful, reassuring and comforting! It’s good to know that we serve a Good God who knows us in our secret places yet accepts us the way we are so He can transform us into new creatures!
    God Bless you real good.

  3. Rev. Patsy Brown says:

    Pastor Branch,
    It is truly comforting to know that God knows all about me. Therefore when I go before Him, I can be more honest with myself because I can only fool myself. Gods knows!!!

  4. Lacy Wooden says:

    Thank you, may God continue to reveal himself in us so that we understand more of who He is, and in turn learn about ourselves more than we ever thought. Once we learn more of our God He will show us things.
    God bless you

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