Lord God and Heavenly Father,
I am so grateful today in so many ways for your presence in my life. I have always known you since I was a small child, but today as an adult my perceptions of you have shifted to knowing you more for who you truly are. You are loving, good, kind, compassionate, full of ceaseless mercy and grace that supercedes all expectation and never runs out! I know now that you love me, you always have loved me, just because you do!!
I feel like a princess, with all the riches of heaven, and all the beauties of the earth ever before me. Reminding me daily of my place in the heavenly realms. I can't believe I have a place with you to be forever and that I don't just have to wait until my earthly body fails completely, but I can enjoy You now and be with you now, not in the fullest measure yet, but still we can be together all the time.
I just can't believe I can be in such good friendship with someone so amazing as You. You who are infinite. The universe is at Your fingertip - I just can't fathom Your vastness!!!
I should have liked to have known David, the wonderful Psalmist. He expresses much of what is in my heart. Right now Psalm 139, comes to mind......"Oh Lord, you have searched me thoroughly and have known me (and you still choose to love me!!) You know you my sitting down and my uprising. You understand my thoughts from afar. (Thank God that someone fully understands me!!) You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. (I imagine You join me wherever I go, You walk with me, and rest when I rest right beside me) For there is not a word in my tongue, still unuttered, but behold O Lord, You know it altogether. (and still You choose to love and accept me!!) You have beset me and shut me in - before and behind, and You have laid Your hand upon me. (this is comforting to know) Your infinite knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold you are there. If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be the only light about me, even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.
For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb. I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful - and I am wonderfully made!! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought as if embroidered with various colors in the depths of the earth a region of darkness and mystery.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!!
If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, could I count to the end I would still be with You....
Search me thoroughly, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I also like how the Message Bible puts the last couple of verses; "Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I'm about; See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong, then guide me on the road to eternal life."
I should think anyone who would read this would find so much comfort. Comfort in knowing how intimately God knows YOU, how vast His wonderful thoughts are about YOU. Knowing that He is there everywhere YOU go and that He is before and behind hemming YOU in safely, watching over YOU, and protecting YOU. Take great comfort in the presence of our God, in His intricate watchings over of YOU - Know that He loves YOU dearly, He made YOU unique and wonderful!!!! And even though YOU will fail, His awesome grace will guide YOU and uphold YOU!!!