You Have Searched Me and Known Me

Day by Day Devotions



I don’t know why I allow the enemy to have so much power over me.  John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  I’ve seen this.  I know it is true.  Yet when I get those old recurring thoughts replaying in my head, rather than dismissing them as lies from the one who has come to kill and destroy, I begin to accept them as truth.

They may have been truth once, but they aren’t any longer.  Jesus came to give me life, an abundant life.  Psalm 40 says, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”  He redeemed all that I once was and I am now a new creation in Him.  “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”  No one can take that from me.

Psalm 139 says, “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.  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me.” (v. 1-5)  What more could He know?!?  He knows when we sit down and get up.  He knows our thoughts and all of our ways.  He knows what we are going to say even before we say it.  He surrounds us and lays His hand upon us.

This is the person who chose to sacrifice His only child, so we could all be counted as His children.  He chose to save us knowing all that we would say and do, all that we would think and feel.  He chose us, so who do we choose to believe?  Do we believe the thief who came to steal, kill and destroy or do we believe the One who gives us the breath of life so that we may live abundantly?  Let’s trust in the one who pulls us out of the mess rather than the one who pulls us into it.

 Heather McKinney