Psalms 139:1-3 You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE, I WILL IDENTIFY AND RECORD EVERYONE I HAVE HARMED AND THROUGH PRAYER BECOME WILLING TO MAKE RESTITUTION TO THEM
In a small country town, the zoo was quite an attraction. The monkey took ill, so someone was required to dress up in a gorilla outfit, enter the cage and act like the zoo monkey. A man who was unemployed accepted the job. Children continued to come and feed bananas to him, and he was happy to put on a show for them. It was all going well until climbing high he slipped, lost his balance, and fell into the adjacent lion’s cage. As he screamed the lion came over and said “if you don’t keep quiet we will both lose our jobs!”
In the crisis, he was exposed for what he really was. Which so often happens. The real person manifested in times of critical pressure and urgency.
We are all totally exposed to God. The Psalmist reminds us that each of us is fully known, in all we do, all we think, and all we say. It has not been easy for many of us to live with this. “You know me.” can be frightening. Ever since Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God, people have tried to camouflage themselves and cover up their sins.
When we are in touch with the world in which we live we hear stores of people being found out. Numbers 32:23 says “If you don’t do what you say, you will be sinning against God; and, you can be sure that your sin will track you down.” Willingness to let God change us and to make restitution for our past sins and failings is an important step on the road to salvation.