Old Testament

God knows me better than I know myself. I can trust that God knows my future.

LORD, you have examined me
and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand
all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working
or resting;
you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,
you already know what
I will say.
You are all around me on every side;
you protect me with your power.
Your knowledge of me is too deep;
it is beyond my understanding.

Where could I go to escape
from you?
Where could I get away
from your presence?
If I went up to heaven, you would
be there;
if I lay down in the world of the
dead, you would be there.
If I flew away beyond the east
or lived in the farthest place in
the west,
you would be there to lead me,
you would be there to help me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
or the light around me to turn
into night,
but even darkness is not dark
for you, and the night is as
bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same
to you.

You created every part of me;
you put me together in my
mother’s womb.
I praise you because you are to be
all you do is strange and
I know it with all my heart.
When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my
mother’s womb,
when I was growing there in
you knew that I was there –
you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began.
O God, how difficult I find your
how many of them there are!
If I counted them, they would be
more than the grains of sand.
When I awake, I am still
with you.
Psalm 139.1-18


Sometimes, like this psalmist, we find ourselves ready to give up. That’s when we need to pray and believe in the goodness of God for our healing.


So I am ready to give up;
I am in deep despair.

I remember the days gone by;
I think about all that you have done,
I bring to mind all your deeds.
I lift up my hands to you in prayer;
like dry ground my soul is
thirsty for you.
Answer me now, LORD!
I have lost all hope.
Don’t hide yourself from me,
or I will be among those who go
down to the world of the dead.
Remind me each morning of your
constant love,
for I put my trust in you.
My prayers go up to you;
show me the way I should go.

I go to you for protection, LORD;
rescue me from my enemies.
You are my God;
teach me to do your will.
Be good to me, and guide me on
a safe path.

Rescue me, LORD, as you have
in your goodness save me from
my troubles!
Psalm 143.4-11


God knows the plans for our lives and we need to trust that these are good plans.

I alone know the plans I have for you, plans
to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans
to bring about the future you hope for. Then you
will call to me. You will come and pray to me,
and I will answer you. You will seek me, and you
will find me because you will seek me with all
your heart.
Jeremiah 29.11-13

Even though we lament, we can be certain that God will hear us and give us hope.

The Lord is merciful and will not
reject us forever.
He may bring us sorrow, but
his love for us is sure
and strong.
He takes no pleasure in
causing us grief or pain.
Lamentations 3.31-33

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