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With the launch of our Fully Known and Wholly Loved Collection this week, we've been doing a lot of meditating on Psalm 139, which is the inspiration for the collection. This quote from Pastor Tim Keller captures so well the compelling beauty of the message of this Psalm written by David. He says,

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God.” 

So let’s talk about the key verses we’ve used in the products for this new collection: Psalm 139:5 and Psalm 139:14. To keep these verses in front of your eyes every day, we've designed lockscreen wallpapers you can download below by clicking the images.

The Psalm begins with God’s intimate knowledge of each one of us. Verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 139 say: 

LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

I don't know about you, but there are some days when I'm kinda sorta OK with the idea of God being able to discern my thoughts, and there are some days when this thought is frankly terrifying! Because like Pastor Keller says, to be known and to be rejected because of it is our worst fear. It's why we do everything from presenting only our best selves on social media to lying through our teeth and answering “great” to the question, “how are you?”  

After the Psalm acknowledges that God knows our thoughts, our paths, our ways and our words, it says in verse 5:

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.

 

God sees us and knows us, and it is He who “hems us in,” or surrounds us and establishes our boundaries. We can neither escape His knowledge of us and love for us nor outrun His protection and provision. He lays His hand of care, guidance and discipline on us as a loving Father.

The next section of the Psalm talks about how there is no escape from the presence of God, no matter how far we might try to run. Again, for me this is a comfort most days, but there are some days I feel like I’m trying to hide, forgetting that God is pursuing me not for condemnation, but for a relationship, and because He is a good shepherd who wants to bring me back to the fold when I’ve wandered. Verses 9 and 10 say:

If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.

Now we come to the portion of the Psalm many of us are very familiar with…the picture of God knitting us together in our mother’s womb. Crafting every detail of our bodies and our being. If you’ve ever thought of God as distant and uninvolved, this should give you pause. And this is no assembly line, cookie cutter creating we are talking about. The Psalmist says in verse 14:

 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.


How often do you stop and marvel at how you are made? Would you use the words fearfully wonderful to describe yourself? God would. And you know what? He’d use those words to describe each person He created. I love how that communicates the inherent value present in each of every person. {That’s probably a topic for a whole other blog post, but it’s worth a mention here.)

It’s our prayer that the whole Fully Known & Wholly Loved Collection can serve as a reminder of these truths from Scripture. Explore the collection today, especially this beautiful encouragement art featuring the scriptures from Psalm 139.

Psalm 139:5 artFully Known & Wholly Loved artPsalm 139:14 art

 


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