Psalm 139:1–6 ‘You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.’ (v2)

In the early years of childhood, there is considerable comfort received by a child who knows their parent is watching over them.

Indeed, the child will often make sure that the parent is watching something they are proud of, such as kicking a football, playing a game, or dancing.

As a child gets older, the intrusive eye of a parent becomes rather less welcome! They might prefer to hide, especially when they know or suspect their actions would not be approved of.

The psalmist’s understanding of God’s knowledge of him is a delight and joy. He knows that there is nothing he does which evades God’s searching eye.

It might be that these verses are a comfort to you should you feel alone or unappreciated. Those in this kind of situation would typically be surprised that God is even giving them a second thought.

Of course, with some such verses there comes a challenge. We might prefer to think that God cannot see what we’re up to.

This whole psalm is intended to express to us the encouragement of the all-knowing, all-seeing God who is for us, is with us, who cares about us and has His eye is upon us.

So, know that God is with you in your tough times, your boring times, your exciting times and your productive times. Talk to Him and listen to what He has to say to you.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Thank You that You are with me and know about me today.
Thank You that I matter to You. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Remind yourself of God’s presence with you.
Use a sticky note in your home or a reminder on your phone.

Scripture To Consider:
Gen. 28:10–22; 2 Kgs 6:8–23; John 17:20–26; 2 Tim. 4:14–18

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.