April 11, 2018
More than Just a Face
1O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:1–3
Currently Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the sharing of personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users. It seems that people are very sensitive about having such details shared without their permission. It is not completely clear to me what could be done with that information that would make it harmful—embarrassing, perhaps, or exploitative, but not necessarily harmful.
It’s odd that the world panics over the exposure of privacy to those who can’t hurt us while it cares nothing that God, who can condemn us forever, knows far more about us than anyone could ever learn on Facebook. No privacy settings can keep him from knowing our every thought, action, word, or even our attitude. Now that should scare us, for He knows our every secret and silent sin. And as the Psalmist asked, “If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand?
“But with you there is forgiveness” that Psalm continues. (130:3-4) Jeremiah says that even though He knows everything He “will remember our sins no more”. Furthermore, He does not deal with us as our sins deserve, but chooses to cover them with his grace. While God knows much more than our face, in Christ he has turned His Face upon us and given His grace, forgiveness and peace. (Num. 6:25) “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.” (Psalm 139:6)