17th June 2013

He Knows Y’Know!

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.”
Psalm 139:1 (NLT)

Hilda Baker was a diminutive British comedienne in the first half of the 20th century.  She performed with a tall, sullen, silent companion.  The latter was a foil for Hilda’s humour.  Hilda’s popular catchphrase was ‘she knows y’know!’  No-one understood what the companion named Cynthia actually knew; the humour was in the irony when applied to the gormless friend.  The wit was specific to northern England – dry and sardonic; however the catchphrase was recognised nationally.

It is disconcerting and bewildering when there is an implication that someone knows something about you that no-one else knows.   How embarrassing would it be if people could read our minds?

We are told in God’s word that God knows us wholly. King David in Psalm 139 describes how much God knows about us.  As we read in the heading scripture, verse 1 says, “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.”  There is no hiding place for us.  Is this bad news?  Should we be afraid?  Quite the contrary, we have God’s blessing.  Verse 5 says, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”  Why would we want to escape from a God who goes ahead of us and covers our back as well?  We are never alone.  We are cherished and loved despite our human frailties.  Our God loves every inch of us – every hair on our head – so much so that He suffered the sacrifice of His perfect Son.  This knowledge has amazed Christians for centuries, and we read in verse 6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”

From time to time as human beings we experience fear, trauma, depression, loneliness and many other negative emotions. These are feelings that are natural but distressing.  Try to remember that God is with you wherever you turn.  He is there, talk to him; it is what he is waiting for. Tell him you have no idea how he knows you so well, but you are so glad that he does!

Prayer
Great God, thank you so much for your incredible loveyour very name is ‘love.’ The knowledge that you are with us always gives us strength when times are difficult.  You understand our strengths and our weakness, and love us anyway – Father we thank you.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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