The I AM says I am known!
“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” Psalm 139:1
I love to go to concerts. There is something special about being in a venue and listening to someone perform songs live. There is an energy that can’t be replicated by recorded music. Most of the concerts I have attended were performed by extremely famous people. I’ve been lucky to attend concerts of some all-time great performers including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richey, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Lauren Daigle. (And at our past retreat, our own, Marcia Ramirez) I’ve been at a few concerts where the superstar has acknowledged someone in the audience and called them by name to join them on the stage. WOW, to be known by the legend. That would be cool!
Let’s face it, we all want to be known. And there are many degrees of being known that range from the less personal way of simply recognizing our face, to knowing our name, to knowing some details about our life, to intimately knowing who we are in the depths of our soul. I’d say the majority of the people who know us tend to be on the impersonal side of the spectrum, think Facebook. Oh, we call them friends and many of us have hundreds or thousands of them. But they only know us by our face and the information we “post”. They don’t really know us. We must build relationships to be truly known. Relationships are built on shared experiences over time. I pray you have people in your life that really know you; the ones who you avoid making eye contact with in certain situations to curtail any inappropriate laughter. The ones who can finish your sentences and know what you’re thinking without saying a word. The ones who know you love being swept away to Sonic for a Cherry Limeade when you're having a bad day. It seems as if these types of intimate relationships are few and far between. At times it seems easier to build up walls and just have acquaintances, because if we really let someone know us, they may not always like what they see.
It would be cool for a legend to know us and call us by name at their concert. But ladies, they are only people like you and me. I am here to tell you that God, The Creator of the Universe, The Alpha and The Omega knows your name. He knows the full spectrum of you. He knows your face, He knows the details of your life, and He knows you intimately. He knows the public stuff and He knows the private stuff that is kept deep inside that you don’t share with anyone. Scripture tells us that “He not only knows our name, but He knows the intimate details of our life down to the number of hairs are on our head” (Luke 12:7). As our focus verse tells us, He knows our heart and everything about us. WOW! How wonderful it is to know that the King of King and Lord of Lords, knows us by name, loves us despite of our shortcomings, and sacrificed His own son’s life for ours. So today when you feel like you are unseen, unimportant, or unknown, take the time to remind yourself that He knows your name and repeat out loud, “I am known…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Isaiah 43:1-3; Isaiah 49:15; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 8:3
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen