“I See You” Psalm 139: 1-16
After high school I wound up in Southern California for about 16 years. There were so many people there. You develop a mind set where you go about your business not really paying attention to the people around you. Then Kathy and I moved to a little town in Indiana. I kept my focus on my task and not on the people. Then I heard one of my church members was up set because I didn’t say hello to her in the post office. I went to visit her and fixed things. Then I started focusing on people more and my task less. I just was not seeing people.
We want people to see us. We wish that someone would know what we are going through. A friend who will not judge us, or condemn us. We want some one to really see the true person we are. We want someone who would know our despair that our bodies are falling apart with age. Someone who will see our loneliness. Can any one see that we are addicted to porn, or drugs? Can anyone see that our marriage is one step from ending? Can’t anyone see we are having problems with our sexual identity?
We really wish someone could see us, care for us, not try and fix us, just see us. This is what God wants you to know from psalm 139, “I SEE YOU” God sees the real you. God sees you, gay or straight, drunk or drugged, lonely, frightened, abused, and what ever situation you are in today. God sees you. God is not interested in condemning you, if He was He would have never went to the cross for you. This is the healing word that God has for you. “I see you”
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This is also a healing word that people around us need, I see you. Not that you can or should see everyone the same, but there are people who need to be seen by us. A while back I shared a difficult situation with my friend Ted. There was no judgement, no criticism, just understanding and compassion. I can’t begin to tell you how much that means to me. His only remark was that he would be praying for me and then he asked “what do you think your going to do about this?”
I can tell you that there are people in your circle that need to be seen by you, just like the lady in the post office needed to be seen by me. They need you to say “you seem troubled, want to talk, I’ll listen.” “You seem down, what’s up”, “I noticed you and your spouse seem a little strained, can I help?”
Start really looking at people, past the phony superficial façade they put up, and really look at them. They don’t need you to fix it, they don’t need you to judge them, they don’t need you to quote a Bible verse, they need you to see them, know you see them and know you care.
How did David feel when he realized that God really saw him? The answer is found in verse 17 and 18 “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.”
Do you allow a few trusted people to really see you? Counting my wife, there are four people in my life I allow to see most things and two who know everything. Do you have someone you let in? You need to. The healing power of having someone see the real you truly is a gift from God.
Remember also that God sees you. The real you that you try to hide. He doesn’t desire to judge you? God desires to show you forgiveness, compassion and grace. Are you ready to receive it?