Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Throughout chapter 139, David expresses his view of God’s providential nature. He knows, He sees, He forms, He cares…for David and His creation. God is being acknowledged as superior, transcending humanities frailties.
In verse 1, David pens “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” recognizing the transcendent knowledge of God. He concludes this Psalm of gratefulness and trust in Yahweh, conveying his humility and dependence in Him.
I know God wants to be my all in all. I believe His desire is to have an intimate, deep, lasting relationship with me. Where His love is given back to Him through my worship, life, thoughts and inner being (motives, desires, intentions). I desire to love Jesus with ALL my heart, soul, mind and strength!
As I call on God to continue searching me…to lead me to know and serve Him, I’m challenged. Challenged with a wandering heart, eyes and the pride of life. The cares of this life can over-occupy my thought life. I give too much time and place in my thought and heart life to finances, maintaining the car, house, paying bills…etc. My off-centered stewardship can result in a “wanting of possessions, eating out, luxuries…!”
So this is my prayer in verses 23-24. For the ongoing work of God’s Spirit, calling, drawing and convicting me to lead a life pleasing to Him. But my “Search Me” prayer includes my growing love and trust in my God – who is God of the Universe, the world, the nations, the problems, wickedness and … God of my life!
Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—then guide me on the road to eternal life. (The Message, Psalm 139:23-24)