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Certain Identification

O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me.  Psalm 139:1 KJV

certain identificationOnce, I had a type of cancer. After successful surgery, I had a month of radiation treatment to ensure my complete recovery. This meant visiting a local clinic every weekday, checking in at the front desk, and accompanying the technician to the treatment room. 

The staff members were cordial. Since I was there regularly, we got to know each other quite well. They patiently answered my questions and concerns, and our conversations were warm.

But what was interesting was that the technician had the same question every day: “What is your date of birth?” 

I wasn’t a stranger to them, yet they always asked the same question. Why? Because hospital regulations required it to make sure they treated the right person. No matter how well they knew me, they still had to ask. Soon, it became amusing and even a joke.

Yet that’s something I never have to fear with God. As the psalmist says in our passage, He has searched and known me. He’s completely familiar with everything about me—my whims, futile attempts to serve Him, and numerous failures. In fact, there’s nothing God doesn’t know about me because He created me. And since He has, there’s a certain identification.

How can you receive comfort from knowing God knows you?

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Anne Adams

Anne Adams is a retired church staffer living in Athens, Texas, where she writes a historical column for the local newspaper. Her book Brittany, Child of Joy, tells about her mentally disabled daughter and was published in 1986 by Broadman. She has taught junior college history and has published in Christian and secular publications for forty years.