Search Me O God and Know my Heart (Psalm 139)

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall[a] on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. 20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

Devotional Reading

James had been working at his new job of delivering prescriptions for the local pharmacy. Feeling insecure, he called the pharmacist and asked, “I understand that you have a new delivery boy. How’s he doing?”

After a brief pause, the pharmacist responded, “Oh, yes. James. He’s doing great.” After another pause, the pharmacist asked, “You know, you sound just like him.” He thought for a moment and then asked, “James…is that you?”

“Yes, sir, it is. I was just wondering how I was doing,” came the answer.

David did the same thing. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

David went to God in a state of boldness and with a desire to honor the Lord. Whatever may have forced him to go to God with a desire to make things right with God does not matter to us personally. The fact that he did, however, does.

When I was twelve years old, my mother gave me a Christian Worker’s New Testament. Underneath my name she wrote one of her favorite quotes: “God’s Word will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from God’s Word.”

Over the years I have proven that statement to be true on more than one occasion. God gave us His Word to guard us, guide us and guarantee us safe passage through life’s journey to our home with Him in heaven.

If, when we read His Word, we compare our deeds and thoughts to His laws and standards and allow them to “search, know and test us,” His Word will do its work!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the “directions” in Your Word that instruct us on how we are to live to please You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source: Guido Ministries Seeds of Hope Devotionals by Dr. Larry Guido Used with permission.

Bible verses are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

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