A Psalm 139 Devotional
“Search me, God, and know my heart.” This prayer may seem short, but it is quite impactful when you think about it. It’s an excerpt from Psalm 139, a song written by David, a man after God’s own heart. Though David was far from perfect, he sought the Lord continuously and praised him without regard to how he looked to others. In this devotional, we will look at the Psalm in its entirety to see how we can approach God with the same “know my heart” attitude. Let’s begin with the first four verses.
You Know Me
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
I don’t watch much television. But, in an effort to spend some alone time with my teenage son, I’ve been watching a show with him once the littles fall asleep. He’s been into “The Flash,” which has characters with superhuman powers called meta-humans. Out of all the meta-humans, the ones who can read minds freak me out the most. I mean, could you imagine someone knowing your every thought?
Well, actually, yes. And that someone is God! There’s nothing we could tell God that he doesn’t already know. He’s omniscient: all-wise, all-knowing, all-seeing. Our most private thoughts are not private when it comes to him. He knows things about us we don’t even know! Imagine that!
Verse 3 says he discerns our going out and our lying down. To discern is to judge well. In a spiritual context, it is being able to perceive in order to obtain spiritual direction and understanding. When we pray for discernment, it is God who gives it. Therefore, could he lack any? Of course not! We may be able to fool those around us, but the Lord is never fooled. He knows our hearts and is never surprised by what flows out of our mouths.
Lord God, we thank you for loving us so. We thank you for the care you put into us and your desire to know us intimately. May we also yearn to know you more and to seek your face. Let us desire to bask in your presence without shame or fear. But help us to be free in you, knowing that you know the worst parts of us and still love us the same. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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