Father, You have searched me, and You know me – even better than I know myself. You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts long before they are formed within me. You search out my path, even to where I lay my head to rest; there is no part of my life’s journey that is obscured from You. No word has reached my tongue that You didn’t already know about. You hem me in behind and before; and You have laid Your hand on me. You give me knowledge of things beyond me, lofty things that I cannot attain.
Is there a place that Your Spirit cannot reach? Is it possible for me to escape Your presence? If I were to ascend to heaven, that is Your throne and You would be there; but even if I were to make my bed in the depths of Sheol, I would not be beyond Your piercing gaze. If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will hold me.
Even when I think that thick darkness will overwhelm me, turning the light around me into night, I know, that the thickest darkness doesn’t hide anything from You and the blackest night is no different from the brightest noon to You.
You formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I give thanks to You, Lord, for how fearfully and wonderfully made I am. I am in awe of the sheer wonder of Your works and my soul cannot deny it. My frame wasn’t hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth. You saw my body, and wrote in Your book all the days ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Oh how precious to me Your thoughts are, Father! I cannot begin to comprehend the vastness of their sum – I would stand a better chance trying to number the sand of the earth or the stars of the heavens! And every morning when I wake up, I find You still with me, with something new to show me.
Lord, am I not distressed at the ignorance of those who hate You? Am I not grieved at the arrogance of those who rise up against You? Search me, Lord, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. Amen.