God, Where are You When My World is Shaken? | Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O 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.
In a time of personal reflection, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) Left on my own, there isn’t much I can’t rationalize. Even sin can be seen as something deserved. Whoever believes his heart is not deceitful is deceived. That’s why today’s passage should be our daily prayer.
When I understand that I am not the best judge of my motives, it’s time to bow before the God who is all the way through my heart. Let’s ask Him to do some serious searching.
Father, I ask you to shine your search light on my heart. Make the sin show up in a clear and disgusting way. Make known my heart. Show me where I am missing the mark. Make known my anxious thoughts so I can turn from worry to trust. Show me where I am offensive to you and others. Please don’t let me live my life doing things that offend others by my personality or actions or words and not even know the damage I’m causing. Please don’t let me live in an offensive way to you and never seek your forgiveness. Father, help me to follow hard after you as you lead me home. In Christ’s Name. Amen.