“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
The Searching God
(Please read Psalm 139:23-24)
In this psalm, David disassociates himself from wicked people and reverently calls on God to search his heart, test him and know his thoughts. At first it might appear that David is saying, in effect, look and see how good I am. But there’s more to David’s request. He acknowledges the possibility that there is still some “offensive way” (NIV) in him, and asks God to lead him in the “way everlasting.”
We recognize the biblical concept of introspection, examining ourselves, while knowing that we cannot really do that without God’s help. Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Then God answers his own question: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind. . . .” (see Jeremiah 17:9-10).
God’s searching may involve bringing new influences into our lives or placing new responsibilities on us. Our reactions to this will indicate such things as the degree of our pride, our strength against temptation, our ability to control our tempers, and so on.
So each person is showing a searching God what he or she really is at heart. Facades crumble and bravado becomes merely wind when He looks deep and finds the real person. Let’s do our best today, and every day, to have hearts we are happy for him to search.