Immersed in God
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head.
This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!
Psalm 139: 1-7 (TLB)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Psalm 139: 23 (TLB)
Ted Witham is from Western Australia. Deep under Duke University in North Carolina lies a world filled with fluorescent-lit rooms and millions of books. Ted once spent a few afternoons working in this underground library. He was drawn more and more deeply into his research: from this book, to this author, to this journal. It was a completely immersive experience.
As Christians, we seek a similar type of captivation in our relationship with God. While God is ultimately beyond our understanding, our Creator invites us to learn about the Divine. We experience God through friendships, scripture, conversation, and all that comes with them.
Psalm 130 reminds us that this deep searching can be reciprocal. Not only do we have the opportunity to explore God, But God desires to search our hearts. God loves us and wants to be immersed in our hearts and minds. While the Almighty can do anything, God first wants our permission for this relationship. God desires an invitation.
When we invite God in and take part in this mutual searching, we are transformed. In experiencing God and opening ourselves to the Creator, we embrace our identity as the forgiven and become free to extend love, joy, and compassion.
Prayer: God of wisdom, thank you for allowing us to experience you. Help us to open our hearts to your Spirit that we may be forever changed, in Jesus' name. Amen.