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“Depart from me, I never knew you” is the dreaded message of the Lord to the person who called upon him falsely (Matthew 7:21-23). In the last call to enter into blessedness, this is the response we certainly don’t want. Why do I bring it up in the context of Psalm 1? Because in verse six we read that “the Lord knows the way of the righteous” (ESV).
What is the importance of this sort of knowledge? After all, Christians confess that God knows everything. But there is a special kind of knowledge we reserve for our family and our closest friends. It is a sort of favor. We pay attention to their strengths and weaknesses, their fears and their special courage. When God says he knows his people, he is saying they are the objects of his special care. He receives his people to comfort and joy, whenever and however they come to him.
These are the people to whom God says, “Welcome, I was waiting for you.” May we be known by God in this way.
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