By Dr. Duane Costello Faith Fellowship Church We live in a very stressful society. Many demands are put on us every single day. It's overwhelming at times for me and probably for you too. With work and kids and schedules to keep up with, it is easy to see why many people suffer from depression or anxiety. Life isn't always a "bed of roses" is it? The nation's financial security seems to be near the tipping point and our jobs are not always guaranteed to be there like in years past. Many times, our personal expectations never come to fruition. Life can get us down! Our relationships can cause pain and suffering and we can easily get to the point where we start to believe nobody really cares about us. We get lonely and our emotions start to take over and our hearts begin to hurt! Have you ever wondered or asked yourself this question "Does anyone care about me"? Well, if you are at this point in your life and you really wonder if anyone really cares about you, then I want to encourage you today by pointing your mind to the word of God. Psalms 139 is a beautiful song put together by David, who was one of the kings of Israel. David spent many years on the run from King Saul because Saul was told by God's prophet he would lose his throne since he was not leading the people in the ways of the Lord. Saul tried to have David killed because he knew David was chosen by God to be the next king. Saul thought he could keep his throne if David were dead but he was wrong! David would eventually become king but for many years he had to run and hide and live in caves and escape the hand of King Saul. During these years of being on the run, he often wondered where God was in all of this. David wrote many of our Psalms in the Bible. Read these verses and see how intimate God is with his children. If you are a child of God then this is for you! Psalm 139: 1-24 (NLT) "O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night — but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 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. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." The God of the Universe knows everything about us because He created us before we were ever born. He watched us grow while in our mother's womb! Verse 17 says, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God." Isn't that wonderful to know? Knowing God is so involved in our lives can help us to turn our troubles and stress and doubts and worries over to Him and then ask Him to help us keep our eyes on Him because He truly loves us. After David wrote all these things about God, he turns his attention to his own heart. He asks the God of the Universe to "Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts." David then asks God to point out anything in his life that offends God. Why? So David can work on those areas to become the person God intends him to become. Reading this Psalm can help you remember and believe how much God loves you. Then if we would ask God to reveal to us the areas in our life which are not good, then God will help us get rid of those things. This will help us not to be so anxious or depressed about life. Our minds will become free and life can become good again. God knows everything about you, and He still loves you! Thank God today for His love to you, it will help you to know that God deeply loves you.