1 O LORD, you have searched me
You know everything about me – my joys and fears, my strengths and weaknesses, my thoughts and concerns.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
You pay attention to me, and your cognizant of my worlds (even though you are such a mighty God)
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
You know all my patterns, habits and rituals. You understand the way I’m wired.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
You know my thoughts even better than I do. And you know the thoughts I don’t even understand or realize.
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
You complete me. You guard me. You lead me. You polish and change me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
How could you care so much for us?
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
I can’t outrun you. I can’t hide from you. I can’t just disappear off your radar screen. I’m your child, and you will love me and be with me always. You will hold me gently and carefully, guarding me from harm.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
Even when life feels really dark and frightening, yet you promise to be there with me, to give me hope and peace in the midst of my suffering. No matter how dark I feel, you can still see clearly and you will guide me safely.
13 For you created my inmost being;
You made me just the way I am.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
I know that you will use my strengths and weaknesses to glorify yourself, because you make all things beautiful.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
You have good plans for me & you are preparing me for those works.
17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
You amaze me, dear God.
18 Were I to count them,
I am still with you – all the time, even when I feel drowned in the frustrations of life. Even when I feel all alone. You are there.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
My heart is open, I’m waiting for you to speak. Help me see clearly. Show me what I need to change in my life. Give me wisdom, clarity and courage. Heal me and strengthen me. Hold me in your arms and make me whole again.
Thank you for your unfailing love.
Your little girl