To whom do you belong?

Mar 2, 2016   //   by Jackie Matyasovski   //   Pastor's Blog, Zion's Blog  //  No Comments

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways …
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb …
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them – they are more than the sand; I come to the end – I am still with you.
Psalm 139


Psalm 139 is one of the most beloved psalms. It is a prayer to a God who is a paradox – both far away, powerful over all things, yet personal, loving, and concerned. The psalmist addresses God as “You” six times in the first eight lines. The psalmist and God are intimate. God created us, knit us together, body and soul, even before we were born, and is always with us. God is so close to us.


And when we are asking, “Who am I?” this psalm helps us find the answer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the famous German theologian who was executed by the Nazis after he helped plot to assassinate Hitler, wrote in prison:
“Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, thou knowest, O God, I am thine.”


We find who we are, and we find our worth, in whose we are. Sometimes we feel that we are not worth much, but God, who knit us together carefully and lovingly, treasures us. That is why Jesus came to earth: to live, suffer and die, for you. For me. It is hard for us to accept because we sometimes think so little of ourselves. Yet here we find a voice that says that God, who made us and truly knows us, values us for who we really are. And so we belong to God. It is in God that we find our selves.


The psalmist ends with the understanding that he or she is so small while God is so great! God’s thoughts are as vast as grains of sand. It is useless to try to count them. It is useless for us to try to really get a handle on who God is. In a sense, God is truly above and beyond us. But in the end, the psalmist says, “I am still with you.” God is still here. Even Jesus was afraid on the cross that God had abandoned him – but God was with him. Even when we are afraid that God has abandoned us, God, the one who knit us together before we were born, is still here. What a comfort that is to us in all of our difficult times! We are not on our own. God knows us in every part of our being, God knows who we are, God treasures us, and God is here. Amen.


Janet Blair, Vice Pastor

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