139 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:1-3, NKJV) I am on my bed as I write this blog post. My illness has given me an unplanned leave from missionary work and a needed respite to consider my ways. I refuse to lay idle and accomplish nothing. My mind stays active though parts of my body are in pain. [I expect to fully recover soon and shouldn't be a cause of concern to anyone. I just don't want to go into the "gory" details.] The Scripture passage above tells of God's perfect knowledge of man. Most of the chapter, in fact, delves into the expressions of God's knowledge in terms that are too wonderful for man to comprehend. The result of this contemplation is an unabashed praise, prayer, worship and an affirmation of commitment to God and His cause. It gives me comfort knowing that God knows everything about me. This moment in time gives me a greater appreciation of His love and care for me. No matter what I go through it's not a surprise to Him. Rather, it's an opportunity to completely put my trust in Him. The psalmist ends Psalm 139 with a prayer that aptly describes what's in my heart right now: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.