” O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
You are more to God than just a number.
In this world of PIN numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and even those aggravating little paper numbers you have to take at the DMV, it is easy to get lost. As our world gets more and more busy, it also seems to get less and less personal. Very few times in the world in which we live do people take the time to really get to know someone.
This year at school, our children had to memorize this portion of scripture. They were required to memorize one verse a day until they could say the whole Scripture by memory. There was one little first grader who blessed my heart every time I got the privilege of listening to him quote these verses. As he would say each scripture by memory, I could just image God looking down on that sweet little boy and smiling as He listened to these words being spoken by one so small.
I believe that God feels this way about all of His children, big and small alike. You see, to God we are so much more than a number, so much more than a speck on a map, even more than a number on a census sheet stuck away in an office somewhere.
God looks at each one of us as if we were the only one on earth. He sent His Son to die on a cross for each and every one of us. Had we been the only one, God still would have done the same thing, just for us. John 3:16 tells us:
“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Friend, you can take the words “the world” out and insert your name there. Jesus died on the cross just for you, and just for me, and just for everyone who ever lived and who will ever live on this earth.
Oh, how great is God’s love for us that we should be called His children! (1 John 3:1)
The next time the devil tries to get you to believe that you are nothing more than a face in a crowd of people, that you are not important, or that no one cares, please remember these verses.
God knows you by name, He knows the very number of hairs on your head(Matthew 10:30), and He cares.