Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Written by: James Rogers
On some level, I think most of us believe we have life figured out. Unless there is a glaring failure or mistake, we tend to move through our day with the idea that we are the hero in our stories and the people we don’t like or trust are somehow the villains. Sometimes we are the hero in our own story. And if we’re not careful, sometimes we can also be the villain. How do we know the difference?
Today’s verse challenges us to open our hearts to God. We can’t always see the offensive ways in our own character. We all have blind spots. This passage came from King David as he invited God to test him and to know his heart. He was willing to hear the truth. He was willing to be corrected. He wanted to go in God’s way everlasting, which meant he wanted to be right with God in all things. He did not want a stone to go unturned.
Thought of the day: None of us are perfect. We all have faults and God wants to lead our lives as we become more like Jesus. This verse is an expression of humility. It’s an act of laying down our obsession with being right, while simultaneously opening our hearts to correction. Why would we want to do this? So that we have a right relationship with God and a right relationship with others. That is the work the Holy Spirit wants to do in us.
God performs this function in our lives as we read His word, pray, and spend time with Godly others. We need to be open to God and His work in our lives. We need to pray for wisdom and discernment. When God brings wise people into our lives, we need to welcome and explore their feedback. God might use someone else’s correction to get at something we are struggling to address.
Proverbs 27:6 says: “wounds from a friend can be trusted…”
It takes humility to accept this type of feedback, but loving accountability from honest and trustworthy people is a blessing.
Prayer: Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Give me wisdom and courage to be the person You want me to be. Bring people into my life who offer Your truth. May I be more like Jesus every day and may You receive all of the glory. Amen!