Acquainted With All My Ways
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
God really does know us well, and He is fully committed to guiding our hearts to staying on track with the identity he has fashioned for us. I only know this because I have experienced the ‘hedge of protection’ of His hand realigning my life to follow after Him rather than after the approval of man. I was trying so hard to please others, to look like the most advanced, to go after the promise of promotion, yet I never really considered whether I was taking practical steps towards what God had asked me to do. Funny thing is, God is pretty smart and He is very aware of the desires of our hearts-whether those desires are originated out of self gain or simple obedience. He was aware that I was taking steps towards the former by going after the adventure of a lifetime, being enticed by the encouraging words I had received, and trying to get a head start on ‘advancing in the spirit’ (whatever that means). The great thing is, God knew what I was made for and He wasn’t letting go of that. He was faithful to give me the desires of my heart, however convoluted they were with self ambition and gain. But, He did so in the most unexpected ways. He used the demolition of all I had hoped to gain and achieve, to form me into someone who has been promoted by pain, who has become more wise and less naive, and whose only desire is to live honestly before the Lord instead of pleasing man. Even now He knows the cries of your heart. He knows your needs before you ask them. He will faithfully lead you to Himself so you can walk out your calling in the most authentic way possible. No matter how hard it is; simply trust Him.