2 Minutes - SILENCE, STILLNESS AND CENTERING WITH GOD
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
“The story of the Bible isn’t primarily about the desire of people to be with God: it’s the desire of God to be with people...He ex- tends himself, reaching out to us today just as he has since the day he created Adam.” (GICTYT Guide, p. 7, 12).
Psalm 139 describes God’s intimate knowledge of us and his daily actions toward us. Read the passage aloud slowly. Think about what this Psalm says about God’s desire for a deeper relationship with us.
John Ortberg shares a story about the father who kept his son’s photograph on his screensaver indicating how much and how often God thinks of us. For many of us, it is difficult to imagine our Heavenly Father keeping a photograph of us that He looks at with love every second of every day.
What difference does it make, knowing how much God thinks about you and desires a deep relationship with you?
Close with 2 Minutes - Silence and Listen for God's Response.