Recently traveling home after work one night, as my iPhone shuffled music in the background, the song “When Love Sees You” by Mac Powell came on. Something deep within me was quickly awakened; a desire to be noticed, known, and loved as I was in that moment as well as in every other moment in my life. As I allowed this song to touch deep places within me, Psalm 139 began to wash over my mind and heart as well. As I continued to make my way home, I just continued to play this song on repeat, and speak Psalm 139 over myself, over my heart, and over my mind, doing my best to allow Father God’s love to soak into every part of me.
In that moment I realized that enjoying the powerful simplicity of scripture, and offering a fresh invitation for others to enjoy scripture, was presently more impactful than any fresh insight I could be given for the week.
These words and my fumbled description of my experience may or may not resonate with you. Still my hope is to offer you a space away where you are able to play this song, or any other song that is special to you, and allow the music to wash over you again and again, while the words from Father God’s heart found in Psalm 139 saturate you. I hope your are reminded that you are his beloved child who is seen, known, wanted, accepted, and loved as you are.
“You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you."
~ Psalm 139:1-18