The Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
“… the Lord knows the way of the righteous” (v.6) RSV
This Psalm has shown us the secret of blessing. It has differentiated between the righteous and the wicked. It has set us on the right path if we wish to read the rest of the Book of Psalms. Today we come to the end of our thoughts on this Psalm – “… the Lord knows …” There is nothing better than to be loved by one who knows us. God knows far more about ourselves then we will ever know. He knows our hopes, our fears and our sins.
He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5 and Matt. 28:20). Another Psalm says, “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? … If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!” (Psalm 139:8) wherever we go, whatever we may be going through, God knows and God is there.
When Moses was at the Burning Bush and God was commissioning him to return to Egypt, to the place of his failure many years before, and when he was being sent to confront Pharaoh and to demand the release of the Hebrew slaves, he naturally quailed and prevaricated. After many excuses he finally said, “Oh, my Lord, send, I pray, some other person.” (Exodus 4:13). But God’s response, and it made all the difference to Moses, was, “My presence will go with you.” (Exodus 33:13-15).
God knows us, he knows our ways, he will never let us down. All is well: “If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
Thank you, Lord God, for the strength and assurance that the promise of your presence gives. Even when I don’t feel you, I know you are by my side. Amen.
1. What effect did the absence of God have on Samson?
2. What effect did the presence of God have on Moses?