I did know you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.…
God knew Israel in the wilderness —
(1) In respect of their sin, which He visited.
(2) In regard of their wants, which He provided for.Observe —
1. Man's wickedness strangely contrasts with God's goodness; God knew their sin and yet destroyed them not; they receive mercies, and yet sin.
2. It is a great mercy for God to know a man in time of distress. This is God's way. Men know in prosperity; but let us make God our friend, He will be a friend otherwise than men win he.
3. We should not be dejected in times of trouble; that is the time for God to know thee: be willing to follow God in any estate.
4. God's knowing us in distress is a mighty engagement. Let us look back to the times when we were in trouble.
5. Let us know God's cause when it suffers, and know our brethren in their sufferings.
6. God's knowledge is operative and working; it does us good. Our knowledge of God should be so too. To sin against our know. ledge of God is evil, but to sin against God's knowledge of us is worse.
Parallel VersesKJV: I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.