“Search Me, Know Me, Test Me!”
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. Psalm 139:23-24
This is a prayer that SHOULD be prayed EVERYDAY, by EVERY TRUE BELIEVER. It is a SCRUTINIZING prayer, asking God to SEARCH ME, AND KNOW MY HEART. There are many who would NOT want God to SEARCH and KNOW their hearts, because of what they are hiding in them.
God doesn’t need an invitation from you to SEARCH and KNOW your HEART, He already knows what is in it. Then why should we ask Him to SEARCH and KNOW it? Because if we profess to be His Child, a TRUE BELIEVER, that has been SAVED and SANCTIFIED for Him, we SHOULD want to be PLEASING in His sight, and OPEN to His SCRUTINY. We NEED to be OBEDIENT to His WILL and WAYS.
The Psalmist, David, goes on to ask God to TEST him and to KNOW his anxious thoughts. David was in a very stressful situation and sought God’s MERCY and PROTECTION. In order for David to have PEACE of mind, he wanted God to TEST him, like metal that is REFINED by fire, and to KNOW his ANXIOUS thoughts. To KNOW what was going through his mind, which was being controlled by his HEART. The same thing should be our prayer, we should want God to TEST our resolve, our FAITH and to KNOW what is in our MIND and HEART.
Then David, ends his prayer with a plea for FORGIVINESS, MERCY and GRACE, by saying: “See if there is ANY OFFENSIVE way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” David was convinced that such SCRUTINY would prove his LOYALTY or FAITHFULNESS to Almighty God. And because of his FAITHFULNESS to FOLLOW and be OBEDIENT to God, he would be led by God to EVERLASTING LIFE.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to SEARCH, KNOW and TEST us, the TRUE BELIEVERS of the Lord Jesus Christ, we too, like David, can with CERTAINITY say: “See if there is ANY OFFENSIVE WAY in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” However, if you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER of the Lord Jesus Christ, you don’t have that security of being led to EVERLASTING LIFE, until you come to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession, for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and you too can say, with CERTAINITY, “SEARCH ME, KNOW ME, TEST ME, and SEE if there is any OFFENSIVE WAY in me, and lead me in the way EVERLASTING. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!