“Where can I hide from your Spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there, too,” Psalm 139:7-8.
This beautiful psalm reminds us that God knows us completely and there is nowhere we can go to hide from Him or escape His knowledge and love of us. He created our inmost being, knit us in our mother’s womb and made us wonderfully. So why do people have such difficulties loving themselves?
It seems that many people struggle with a faulty sense of self-worth, so much so that they try to find ways to feel better, which may not be helpful to themselves or others. We see people turn to alcohol, a drug of some sort, excessive Internet use, shopping when they don’t have the money to do so, as well as several other ways to feel better about themselves.
But why does this happen? Wouldn’t it be amazing if we loved ourselves as the people God created us to be? So why is this so seldom the case, and why do so many have a difficult time believing that they are created to be good, worthy and lovely?
Perhaps it’s that we develop a negative view of ourselves because of the way we were raised. Perhaps it’s our own sin that prevents us from believing that God created us for good because we have let Him and ourselves down. It is simply impossible to say, but what is clear is that this is not what God intended for us.
Could you take today and read this entire psalm, asking God to give you the grace to believe what you read? Ask Him to help you accept that you are the beloved creation He intended to send to the earth at this point in history and to live each day to fulfill it as truth.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.