Day 17

Search Me and Know Me

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

Psalm 139:23-24 NLT

In Psalm 139, David prays that God would search him and know his heart. Could it be that there are things within you, motivations, thoughts, beliefs and hurts, that you’re unaware of?

When we ask God to point out anything that offends him, we’re not going on some internal spiritual witch-hunt; it’s more like weeding a garden. We’re asking God to point out things that might be growing in us that don’t lead to life and that may hurt us or others, not so we can feel bad about them - but so that we can do something. We can make a change, replace lies with truth and embrace life-giving practices.

Reflect on David's prayer. In what ways can you invite God to search your heart and reveal any areas that need His healing touch? Ask God to reveal any hidden emotions, fears, or anxieties that may be impacting you.

Sometimes, this is something we need others’ help with - it can be hard to see our own stuff clearly, or to know what to do with hurt and unhelpful entrenched ways of thinking. Community is essential to living a life of faith, and sometimes, it’s a really good idea to involve a professional to help us have the tools we need to walk into the freedom Christ has won for us.

As you open your heart to God, may you experience the transformative power of his love, discovering the freedom that comes from surrendering every aspect of your emotional and spiritual life to the One who knows you intimately and loves you fully.

How can you invite God to search you and know you? What might you be hiding that God wants to heal?