This devotional has been revised and reposted. It was first posted on July 8 , 2010.
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
“Please Lorie, please pray that God would give me words to explain myself to my dad,” was the prayer request of a down syndrome teenager. How I wanted to wrap my arms around this young lady and thank her for capturing and articulating the heart desire of every woman. How we yearn for words to fully express ourselves and long to communicate in a way that we are fully understood by someone who completely accepts us.
Unfortunately, the opposite is commonly experienced. We are not understood, not known intimately, and commonly dismissed. Our attempts prove futile, our words inadequate, and our energy is fully drained in unsuccessful attempts. We are left with unsatisfied longings, unmet desires, and the resulting disappointment that plunges us into hopelessness. To protect our injured hearts, we withhold speaking and eventually become silent. No longer living, simply existing. Our presence is acknowledged, but no one peers into our heart comprehending our thoughts, feelings, and the fears we are unable to communicate.
Like David, we have a friend who hears and understands the unspoken words of our heart. We travel with a life companion who thoroughly comprehends how our past experiences have framed us, defined us, and impacted us. He has faithfully traveled through each moment with us.
To those hiding away in fear concerned that once you are understood, you will be unloved, hear God’s thoughts for you… “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Oh the joy of discovering the one who knows you intimately loves you completely. Rest in the assurance that “He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Father, thank you for the safety and security of being known intimately and loved completely and unconditionally by you. Let the knowledge of your love empower me to live securely and confidently.
In what ways has Christ demonstrated His understanding of you?
How does Christ’s humanity demonstrate His understanding?
Thought to Ponder
There is no greater human need than to be understood. There is no greater gift than listening in order to understand.
Quote to Consider
What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we fear more than anything else.