Are you like me? Do you find yourself worrying about anything and everything? Every twist and turn in the road brings about something else to worry about. Now, I’ve heard the following scripture time and time again. It’s one I’m sure we’ve all heard bits and pieces of throughout our lives, but have we ever taken the time to reflect on this entire passage? To really look at what He’s saying to us? Can we do that now?
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
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.
Notice, the amount of times You (in reference to God) is used. This passage tells me that it’s not at all about what I can do for Him. In fact, it’s all about what He does for me.
Maybe when we’re anxious, it’s because we’re focusing too much on what we can/can’t do, and not enough on what He can do. Perhaps if we turn our focus to Him and give our anxieties then, and only then, will we experience what it’s like to live this life with peace and tranquility.
My challenge for us this week friends is to look for ways to actively surrender our anxieties to Him, and to seek the tranquility that we can only find under His protection. Won’t you join me?