Big God Is Watching
Posted: Friday, June 21
2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Verse of the day:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
George Orwell’s novel 1984 had a fictional entity called “Big Brother,” who represented an authoritarian government that spied all its citizens to ensure they followed the law. This name is often still invoked today each time one our Apple or Amazon devices shows us an advertisement for something we had only just spoken about minutes earlier. Creepy.
In Psalm 139, David described how closely he feels God watching over him. He said God knew his thoughts (v. 2), says there’s no where he could hide from God (v. 7-8), and that God put him together in his mother’s womb (v. 13-14). Yet rather than being freaked out or frightened while under the watchful eye of an all-powerful, all-knowing God, David was clearly comforted. So comforted that he was willing to freely express his darkest thoughts to God (who already knew what they were). In verses 19-22, David asked for wicked people who rebelled against God to be killed. Though this was a completely different era without police or a comprehensive system to hold evildoers accountable, and though his intentions may have been just, David’s request was violent and fueled by hatred. He seemingly knew his reaction might have been extreme because he asked God if his feelings were valid in v. 21. However, David ends the Psalm with another request; to search his heart for any wrong and then lead him in the right way (v. 23-24).
David knew that God was the only one who could sort out all the anger and confusion going on inside. We must remember this when facing struggles within our mind. Maybe we don’t know how to respond to a difficult health situation, or someone wronged us at work. Not seeking God’s help in dealing with our innermost thoughts is almost like trying to hide in plain sight. His purpose in watching over us is not simply to punish us when we slip up, but to care for us and lead us to the right way that pleases Him.
What’s weighing on your mind today? Take it before our Lord Jesus Christ. He already knows and will show you the best way to deal with it.