Asking God to Search Us – Psalm 139:23-24

Asking God to Search Us – Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23-24)

 

Reflection:

God is acutely interested in us. God does not sit aloof on a throne in heaven oblivious to the trials of human life but is always moving and active in our world. God wants to be active within us, and upon our invitation, will search the depths of our heart to root out all evil. We need to confess that we do not have the wisdom we need to do the necessary work within. We cannot do this work alone; God must do it. Our self-appraisal will always be tainted with self-interest and self-preservation, but God sees us as we truly are. Yet God loves us even more than we love ourselves. God does not want the course of our lives to end in destruction but in everlasting life. We must therefore invite God to work.

 

Prayer:

Lord, I need you to work within. I cannot obtain the ways of righteousness on my own. So I invite you to do your work and lead me in the everlasting way.

 

Life Application:

The Christian life is not a single invitation that is finished when we first accept Christ as Savior; it is marked by many invitations. In fact, each day we live is an opportunity to invite God to do His work. So begin each day anew, confessing your sin and weakness to God, and inviting God to do His good work within. God will always respond!