Search me, O God
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Brothers and sisters,
In this Psalm, David adores the perfections of the Lord. The sweet Psalmist of Israel (2 Samuel 23:1) ascribes to God an infinite knowledge (verses 1-6). The Lord knew when David rose and rested; he perfectly perceived his thoughts and words. He also acknowledges the universal presence of the Lord in verses 7-12. David’s God had carefully and masterfully crafted the infant in the womb (verses 13-16), a truth that stirs the king’s heart to praise in verses 17-18. Showing no sympathy for God’s enemies, David draws a distinction between the godly and the wicked in verses 19-22. When faced with the question of allegiance, the son of Jesse chooses to love the Lord and his people. The believer takes no delight in evil or evil-doers.
David voluntarily submits to the judgment and knowledge of God in verses 23-24. Well aware of his own frailty, David claims no exemption from all sin. Despite his love for pure worship, the Psalmist knows he must offer his heart to God for searching and purging. He confesses with sincerity. Wickedness can imbed itself in any soul. While this wickedness proves to be a path of self-inflicted sorrow, the way of life is appointed by God. There is a “way everlasting.” It is marked out by the Lord. There is no walking in God’s ways without his leading. He says, “lead me in the way everlasting.” (v. 24.)
As we approach the Lord’s Table this week, are you willing to pray with David? Can your soul echo his petition, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Have you assumed exemption from sin? Do you presume yourself innocent? Are you quick to judge sin in others but slow to confess your own? Will you dismiss deception and seek honest confession? Do you renounce every hand-made refuge of self-righteousness? Can you see the seeds and fruits of evil in your own heart?
David’s God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. His heart is always open. He ever loves to forgive repentant sinners. Whoever comes to him, he will never cast out. There is no sin too large, no rut too deep. He is able. He is willing. Let us begin our approach to the Lord’s Table from below, making confession, righting wrongs, seeking pardon through Christ. Coming to the Lord’s Supper is about a deep hunger and thirst for righteousness. Only a cultivated awareness of sin can bring forth this appetite for Christ and his grace.
Yours in Christ,
Posted on Thursday // February 5, 2015 // 5:00 AM
by Chris Thomas