Search Me, O God and Know My Heart
Why does David want God to search and know his heart? By uncovering all of his sin, David can confess to God and be cleansed. God can then use David.
23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.Bible KJV http://www.biblegateway.com
Search me O God and know my heart. Is anything within me that would keep me separated from you?
Only God can see the sin hidden inside of us. David wants to see what God see’s. Growth comes to us through faith in Jesus and having our sin found and dealt with. Because David may have sin buried inside of his heart, he asks for God to examine him.
Search me for sin and know what may be buried in my heart
This is a wonderful example from David. We all have sin; some we are aware of and some we are not. Wickedness, often buried deep inside our minds, is something we are not aware of. We need to acknowledge that sin is there and it’s very important for us to confess it. Ask Father God for help to stay on the righteous path, which will lead us directly to Heaven. Therefore, once cleansed, God will also be able to use us to accomplish his work on earth .once our sins are forgiven.
Don’t try to hide sin from God. He is Omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (present everywhere at all times). We cannot hide from God, as he knows every part of what we think, say, or do. Once we have confessed, God can use us to accomplish some of his work. Hallelujah! Praise God in his love and mercy and grace.
I consciously accept your forgiveness in Jesus’ name
Why should we consciously accept forgiveness? Because if God has forgiven us, we should not hold onto it ourselves. Many times we will ask for forgiveness but continue to carry the shame, anger, etc. that should no longer have a hold on us. We need to remember that if God (through Jesus’ name) has given us a clean soul, then by holding onto it, we are going against God. He has let it go and will no longer remember the sin and so should we.
My Prayer for Psalm 139:23-24
Gracious Father in Heaven,
Is there is anything at all within my soul that would keep me separated from you? I ask that you would show me so that I can repent and, then please, cleanse it from me.
I acknowledge that I have many sins and although, I am aware of some of them, other transgressions you have to bring to my mind. However, with confession I will receive your grace. Therefore, in the name of Jesus I ask for you to pardon my sins right now. (Confession). Thank you for your wonderful mercy and being such a loving Father. I now consciously accept your forgiveness with gratitude.
Father, through your son Jesus, you made a way for, me to come before you sinless. Thank you Father for not holding my sins against me. One day I will be with you in heaven, but right now I want to be someone you can use to accomplish your will here on earth. And with your grace I can now do just that!
Search me Lord, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts. Lead me to live a life that will please you, now and forevermore.
In the holy name of my Lord, Jesus Christ I pray, Amen