Search Me O God

     Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, O  God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And  see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the  everlasting way."
     These are perhaps some of the most poignant words in  the entire Bible. In these two verses there is so much. We see the  Psalmist asking God to search him, to look to the deepest part of  what he is, his own heart. Why would the Psalmist ask this? And, why  would any of us ask it? The reason is simple. We can not know our  own hearts as well as God can. He indwells us, knows every thought,  is aware of every feeling, and He understands us better than we do.   If we ever needed anyone to reach down in the depths of our hearts  to find out what is unholy so that it can be removed, it is God.
     David is the psalmist. David is asking God to prove, to  test his loyalty because he is not like the wicked men spoken of  earlier in the Psalm. David desired God and God's holiness.
     When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon asked  for wisdom, and because he did not ask for money, and power, or fame, God blessed him with all of them. Wisdom was a great thing to  have. Nevertheless, Solomon fell into idolatry in his letter years  and his wisdom did not help him in the end.
     By contrast, David said, "One thing I have asked  from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of  the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord,  and to meditate in His temple," (Psalm 27:4). Even though David  committed adultery, murdered Bathsheba's husband, and used deception  to cover his great sins, God, who knew this would happen, said of  him through Samuel, "The Lord has sought out for Himself a man  after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over  His people..." (1 Sam. 13:14). There was a quality in David that  pleased God.  What was that quality?  It was David's  heartfelt desire for the Lord.
     You need to know this because it will help you to  understand the intimacy that David sought with God which ultimately  led him to ask God, "know my heart." David seeks God in the  most intimate place and asks Him to examine him there. David asks  God to see if there is any hurtful way in him -- in the deepest part  of his being.  David was being vulnerable.
      Is there any hurtful way in your heart? Would you  be able to ask God to search your heart down to the deepest levels  and reveal to you the secrets that not even you know is there? Would  you trust God enough to ask Him to expose and root out of you that  which is displeasing to Him? Do you have the courage to bow your  knees, to lower your head, to lay prostrate before God, and to  become as vulnerable as you can to Him as you ask him to look into  your heart, to see if there's anything bad in there, and to deal  with it accordingly? Such a request grows out of humility as well as  increases humility. It is the ultimate trust in God.  It can be  scary.  But it is definitely good.
      David did not simply ask God to see if there's  any hurtful way in him and leave it at that. He asked to be led by  God in the everlasting way.  This means to be corrected and  sanctified by God's loving hands.
      David did not know the Messiah since Jesus was  far distant in the future.  But David knew the Messiah would  come.  You, on the other hand, know the everlasting way -- if  you know Christ as your savior.  Jesus, who is God in flesh,  who died in the cross and rose from the dead bodily, is the  everlasting way. Therefore, for you to be led by God in the  everlasting way is to be led to Christ.
    May the desire of your heart be that you would seek Jesus,  that you would dwell in His house forever, and that you would behold  His beauty. God desires that you desires this because He loves you.

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