Prayer Meeting: Be Still and Know that I Am God

Every Monday, each branch of L’Abri sets aside time to sing and pray together.  From the beginning, prayer has been essential to the life and existence of L’Abri.  We hope these reflections from our prayer meetings can serve to encourage your own life of prayer.

[Read Psalm 139]

You Know Me and Lead Me

If you happened to live in ancient Greece and came upon the Temple of Apollo you would have read these words carved in stone: “Know Thyself.” That is no easy task. Who can really say they know themselves?  Who can say they know every motive that drives them and all that lies in the depth of their subconscious? With true wisdom and humility David prays, “Lord, you know me, and you lead me.” This Psalm starts with praise, “Lord, you have searched me and you have known me,” and ends with prayer for God to do it again, “search me God and know my heart and lead me in the way everlasting.”

You have searched me.  You have known me.   

God is no passive force we just tap into. He searches. He knows. He guides. David says, “You know all my movements, every thought of my mind, what I’m going to say before I say it.” And this is no detached knowledge. To know in Hebrew is an intimate endeavor. Adam knew his wife Eve. To be known by God does not mean God has a lot of information about you on file. It means He is interested in everything about you. It means He is involved in all the details. It means wherever you go, there also is God, not as a detached observer but as a knowing, caring Shepard.  “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” It doesn’t matter how far we go, or how dark it gets, with our God it doesn’t matter. Whether it’s the depths of our subconscious, the depths of the earth, or the darkness of the womb, there is God creating us and re-recreating us, knitting us together, writing all our days in a book before they come to be.

Search Me, Know Me and Lead Me

God’s thoughts are vast and precious. They overwhelm us and restore us, searching and testing our anxious hearts, then “leading us in the way everlasting.” Yes, Lord, may it be so! Search me, know me and lead me!

-Dave Friedrich