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Search My Heart – Test Me – Know Me

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

IMG_0301This week (this Sunday actually) – my wife and I will celebrate 35 years of marriage (I’ve been married 10 years longer than I was single before getting married – wow). Occasionally she thinks she knows me. At times – she makes statements that are so off base – about me – that I have to laugh. I think she tries to analyze me – she is a professional at it. At times – she is right on point (she really does know me pretty well – at times).

Is there someone in your life that you know well? Is there someone that knows you well? Who knows you better than any other? Of course an answer might be – I know me better than any other. Another answer might be my spouse or a close friend knows me better than any other! But of course – the Sunday School answer is that God knows me better than anyone else – even better than I know myself.

Today’s passage talks about how well God knows us. Here it is in partial context (the entire 139th Psalm). Psalm 139:1-24 – You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Wow – God knows us from before we were formed in our mother’s womb. Isn’t this an amazing Psalm?  God knows everything about us. God knows more about us than anyone would even want to know. God knows our thoughts before we have them – He knows our actions – even the ones we try to hide from others.

If God knows us this well – shouldn’t we seek after Him? Shouldn’t we seek to do His will? Shouldn’t we strive to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk? Lord – search my heart – test me – and know me – and allow me to know You better each day!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 28, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , ,

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