He Knows My Name

imagesProper 18 (23) (September 8, 2013)

Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1:1-1:21; Luke 14:25-33

1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.

17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

This is probably one of my favorite Psalms.  Most of my other favorite Psalms are about music and worship, but this one is a bit different.  We are reminded that God knows all about us – God cares all about us – He knew us before we were even born – He even knows our name!  That concept can be a difficult concept for some people to grasp.  There are many times that we can grasp a God who created the universe, who set everything in place – and runs the whole world at a distance (as it were.)  Some would go to the other extreme and tell us that God is a micromanager – that he has us under his thumb at all times.  I sure wouldn’t want all that responsibility.  There are way too many people on this planet for that.

God cares about us – God knows all about us.  What a comforting thought to know.

I’ve loved the song “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker.  Here is the backstory on this song and then a video of the song.

“He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker

The first time we went to the Philippines we stayed in an orphanage and there was this little boy who came running up to me and he introduced himself as Jerry. About an hour later he ran up to me again and he said, “What’s my name?”

I said, “You’re name is Jerry.”

He said, “We’re friends, right?”

An hour later, he comes up to me again and says, “What’s my name?”


“We’re friends, right?”

“That’s right buddy, you got it.”

The next morning he runs up to me and says, “What’s my name.”

I said, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. You know I know you’re name.” Then I said to him, “We’re friends, right?”

I realized that Jerry, one of the forgotten people, one of the poorest of the poor, was literally abandoned by his parents on the streets as an infant. I don’t think he even knows his last name. He just wanted somebody to know him, to know his name. And it was so important to him that I knew his name. And then I was able to tell him, “Jerry, it’s great that I know your name, but your Heavenly Father, though you have no earthly father, knows your name and He’ll never forget you.”

I get to share that story all over the world because there are so many people who feel so alone. Alone in their marriage and their family and their job…in their life! God just lets me remind people that in this moment He knows your name. He’ll never forget you, He’s seen every tear and every time you call, He hears you.

Visit this URL to hear Tommy tell this story


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