columbus has a name: known

 
 

september 9, 2018

Our vision is to help Columbus find hope, follow Jesus, and give it away.

Our vision is for people.

 

“Columbus Has A Name” means to be known and loved with direction and purpose.

What does our desire to be “known” really mean?

A book in the Old Testament titled Psalm is a compilation of poetic expressions or “hymns” that the writers communicate, or pray, to God with thanksgiving, confession, cries for help and shouts of joy. In Psalm 139, we see a beautiful depiction of what our hearts truly long for and what we really mean when we desire to be “known.”

 

Psalm 139, NIV:

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.

 

If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

 

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

This Psalm gives us a glimpse into our own heart’s desire to be known.

We discover that we are fully known by God – and surprisingly, we have nothing to fear.

In fact, we are: inescapably held, intricately designed, immeasurably loved, intentionally purposed, and intimately lead by our Heavenly Father.

 

I am known.

I am loved.

I have direction.

I have purpose.

 

What would change in your life if you believed this?