Oh Lord, thou hast searched me and known me . . .
Psalm 139: 1
I’ve been posting lately about self-deception, how it obstructs our relationship with God, our knowledge of God. And I have emphasized how deep and involved these deceptions often are and I have at last said that our way out of these prisons we make for ourselves does not lie in ourselves. That is to say, once we make our own trap, we can’t get out of it by ourselves.
Then this morning, in my devotional reading, I ran across this old poem that says the same thing. The poet, Francis Thompson, says it much better than I have. But, it is comforting to me to see the same theme expressed by a great writer. Makes me more confident that what I am saying is true. Here is the quote from the poem “The Hound of Heaven:”
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him down the arches of the years;
I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
I hid from Him