READING: Psalms 137-139, 1 Corinthians 13
“Search me, God, and know my heart.”
Today’s another one of those days when the Word just stops me in my tracks and makes me think . . . and pray . . . and confess . . . and be amazed. Psalm 139 speaks of God’s intimate knowledge of me (and of all of us). I have taught these truths, but my heart is especially attuned today to these words that I’ve noted and considered below:
- “Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away” (Psalm 139:1-2). God knows all about me. Everything.
- “Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord” (Psalm 139:4). God knows not only my words, but also the motives behind my ever forming the words in the first place. To be frank, that truth has today reminded me of the importance of making sure that my speech pleases God in all ways.
- “This extraordinary knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it” (Psalm 139:6). There is no way I can comprehend how God knows me. Nothing – absolutely nothing – is hidden from Him.
- “If I live at the eastern horizon or settle at the western limits, even there Your hand will lead me; Your right hand will hold on to me” (Psalm 139:9-10). It’s, in fact, good news that I cannot escape God’s presence; He will lead me wherever I am.
- “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). God put me together in my mother’s womb. I was born early, and quite small for the medical care available in 1961, but God created me as He wished.
- “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Psalm 139:16). These words astound me. Every one of my days is in God’s record, and I thus have no reason to worry when death will happen.
In all these amazing thoughts, I can only kneel my heart before the God who made me, loves me, and leads me. I want to be ready and willing to pray with the psalmist, “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). While respecting Him with absolute reverence, I welcome His review of my heart so that my life will be most pleasing to Him. I pray He will find no offensive ways there.
- Take time today and ask God to search your heart intensely.
- Meditate on Psalm 139 again, reviewing at least the thoughts I’ve noted above.
PRAYER: “God, I cannot fathom Your majesty. Search me today, and know my heart.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Psalms 140-142, 1 Corinthians 14:1-20