St. Patrick wrote a hymn and some of the lyrics go like this:
Christ before me, Christ within me, Christ above me,
Christ below me, Christ behind me,
Christ to the right of me,Christ to the left of me.
Beautiful words, huh? Words that echo David’s in Psalm 139. The psalm begins with David singing about the omniscience of God. He searches us and knows us; He knows when we sit and when we rise, what we think and what we say. He is acquainted with all our ways. In short, He knows everything there is to know about us, and knows us intimately.
And still loves us.
But there’s more. God doesn’t just know us, He is here with us, surrounding us with His love and presence and protection. Verse 5 reads, You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. God’s got us surrounded, yes, but even more than surrounded. His hand is upon us. That’s protection, that’s identification . . . that’s love.
I read this passage this morning and then had to read it again and again. What a reminder! No matter what valley we traverse, no matter how deep and dark the cave we are thrust into, no matter how long or hard the journey, our Daddy is with us, surrounding us, knowing us intimately, contacting us. He has me hedged in, protecting me, and His hand is upon me. I know that with certainty.