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Search Me, O God

February 11, 2019


Search Me, O God

People can know us  only in part,  because  we either don’t  or can’t  express clearly  absolutely everything within us,  moment by moment,  day by day.     ……. And we probably would be very self-centered,  if we could and did.     🙂

But,  the LORD God Almighty does know us  that intimately — without us having  to be self-centered.     Because God is always aware  of absolutely everything  about us,  He alone knows best how  to lead us  to our heavenly home.

If we’re going astray,  God is the one we can depend upon  to put us back  on track — but,  we need to ask Him — and,  we need  to desire His counsel  and leading.     King David did just that.

David realized  how very prone he was  to falling into sin.     He also knew  that he did not have the power  to be righteous  at all times — or to have his own sins taken away — or to even always know  which was the right way  to go.     Because David was aware  of all his weaknesses  and his great need  for good counsel,  David prayed  in Psalm 139:23-24,

Search me,  O God,  and know my heart;    
Try me  and know  my anxious thoughts;   
And see  if there be any  hurtful way  in me.    
And lead me  in the everlasting way.

This needs to be  everyone’s prayer.     There never has been — nor will there ever be — anyone who does not desperately need God’s love,  mercy,  and good counsel  every single day.     We always have anxieties  because  there are so many things  we don’t know about  regarding what is happening  around us.     Only God can settle our  “anxious thoughts”.

And,  to top that off,  we are constantly prone  to do things  that are  “hurtful”   to our very own selves — just because  we cannot always envision  the consequences  of our actions.     Sometimes,  realizing the consequences  of an action is enough to stop us.     But,  when our desires put blinders  on our ability to think ahead,  we can end up  hurting ourselves.

That is why David begged God  to  “search”   him  and find all those  “hurtful”  possibilities  that would bring him sadness and regret  later on.     But,  even much more than that,  David wanted God  to “lead me  in the everlasting way.”     It doesn’t matter how much God knows  about us,  if we won’t let Him  lead us  in “the everlasting way”.

God can warn us all He wants.     And,  our conscience knows  that God is warning us.     But,  if we stubbornly refuse  God’s good counsel,  He’s not going  to force us  to walk  in “the everlasting way”.      God’s love and willingness  to lead us  are eternally faithful,  so He will keep on setting the right way  before us.     But,  we need to see  how God’s way  will bring us blessings untold  and the joys  of eternal life — all that we hope for  and desire.

Then,  we need  to choose the good way  God sets before us — and let Him lead us.     As a result,  there will be the peace and joy  of knowing  that the power of God Almighty is supporting us  in “the everlasting way”,  and,  we are surely headed home.

How wonderful that will be  as we say,  “Hallelujah!     O Lord,  do search me,  try me,  know me,  and lead me  every step of the way.     Let me reach my heavenly home  with a joyful homecoming.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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