You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:2b-4
On April 15th, Adam Wilson posted a Twitter message (a computer message), which read, "SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN."
It was an historical moment.
Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, had figured out a way to post messages using electrical impulses generated by a person's thoughts.
Still not impressed? Let me tell you what this demonstration may soon mean. It means folks whose brains function normally, but cannot speak or move because of injury or disease, may soon be able to communicate.
It means folks with a good brain, locked in a bad body, will be able to communicate again.
It means families may soon be able to know what a non-communicating loved one is thinking. For those people impacted by such difficult physical circumstances, this is absolutely wonderful news.
It's almost as wonderful as having a God who knows and understands us. That's what the Psalmist is conveying: Lord, You know my thoughts. You watch over my path and You are thoroughly aware of all I am and do.
Then David continues: "Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether." Imagine, no Twitter, no wires, no computer, no screen. The Lord who created us knows us inside and out. Indeed, He knows us better than we know ourselves.
In spite of that knowledge, the Lord's love sent Jesus into this world to win our salvation. Through a lifetime of sacrifice, through days and nights of loneliness, Jesus did all that was necessary to forgive us, save us, and open the lines of communication between earth and heaven.
Now, on account of Christ, because He is our Mediator, we can -- as the song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," says -- "take it to the Lord in prayer."
THE PRAYER: "Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer." Dear Lord, for knowing us, loving us, and listening to us, we give thanks in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries