We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
The first time I read this psalm and really thought about what it was saying was some decades ago. I was really stopped in my tracks by it: God, the omnipotent, omniscient God, creator of the universe, knows. HE knows what I’m doing – staying in, going out. God knows all the details in my life. He even knows what I’m thinking (all those negative thoughts!). He is aware of my characteristics, how I will react in certain circumstances. God knows what I have been like all my life. He knows before I speak when I’m going to open my mouth and speak before I’ve engaged my brain. But he also surrounds me (behind and before), his hand is on me – the hand of a father on his child seeking to direct me and protect me. This is amazing. I don’t know how to cope with this knowledge of your involvement with me Lord.
I acknowledge God that your Holy Spirit is everywhere so I am always in your presence. No matter where I go, even right across the world. If I set off in the early hours your hand is there to guide me and hold me. I can’t get away from you God even when it’s dark. Darkness means nothing to you. You can see, it’s always light where you are. If I travel as far as I can, you, God are there guiding me and looking after me. How do I deal with this awareness of your great concern for me Lord?
Lord, I am amazed at your care for me that is so great you never “go off duty” and are looking after me twenty-four/seven. Thank you for such continual love.