If you would like to start “A Psalm 139 Devotional” from Day 1, read, “Search me, God, and Know my Heart.”
23 Search me, God, and know
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Most of the verses of Psalm 139 deal with what God has already done for David (and us). But these last two verses are a little different. David is asking the Lord to justify him. He is a warrior, not afraid of seeing the darkest parts of himself. Since we already know that the Lord knows everything, including our hearts, this verse is not really about his searching but our searching. David is praying that his heart would not be hardened to sin but that the Lord would reveal it to him.
Like David, when I pray this, what I’m really saying is, “reveal to me the condition of my heart. Lord, show me if my heart is aligned with your heart.” He knows us well, but we are the ones who sometimes don’t know ourselves. When we lack discernment, we may be operating out of alignment with the will of God. We may be doing good and honorable things, but it doesn’t mean we’re doing what God is calling us to do, specifically. We must always cry out, “Search me, God, and know my heart!” And with all humility, we must listen for his response.
May we be women after your own heart, Lord. Like David, may we not fear the deepest parts within us. But let us always come humbly before you, asking you to reveal anything within us that is not of you. Lord, may our hearts never harden or grow cold towards you. But lead us into your truth so that we may do what is pleasing in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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