“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24).

With vivid detail the psalmist has been describing the intimate comprehensiveness by which God knows us — from the womb, to our thoughts, to the grave. Being known in such a way brings comfort, confidence, and freedom to our life. It is a beckoning knowledge that eliminates the futile exercise of building a facade that others might know us in a certain way and allows us, instead, to live for the One who really knows us and whose opinion, alone, ultimately matters.

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