Psalm 139: 23, 24 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.
Did you ever get an x-ray or MRI or one of those other medical tests that somehow manage to see what is going on inside your body? They have become quite common. There is a whole lot of bone and blood and tissue under our skin that keeps us going and makes us who we are. Most of the time we are content to let it go unseen and neglected until some pain or dysfunction causes us to want a skilled professional to probe away and tell us what needs repaired. Psalm 139 tells of God’s intimate knowledge of each individual. It speaks of God’s hand in forming each of us and celebrates that we are the expression of God’s creative love from before our entrance into this world. The verse above ends the psalm with the invitation to God to do what God does anyway- that is to know us as we really are on our deepest level and to continually transform us into the people we were always intended to be. The New Testament will talk about this as “transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:3). God knows all the intimate details of our lives anyway, right down to the deepest, most hidden, details. This week, how will you ask God to search your depths that you might be led “in the way everlasting?”