“Search me, God, and know my heart. When my heart doesn’t know itself.
When my thoughts and my feelings are so jumbled and confused that I can’t
see the truth through the fog. Every day, O Father, search me and know my
Test me and know my anxious thoughts. When previously calm waters are
ruffled by wind. When storms blow in and threaten to draw my focus from my
Lord. When I’m restless and agitated and need Your peace. When I fail to
trust. Every day, O Father, try me and know my anxieties.
See if there is any offensive way in me. When I can’t tell right from
wrong. When I feel guilty for wrong although I think I did right. When I
can’t seek out my own motivation for my actions. When my desire is to do
right, but I know that I sin. Every day, O Father, see if there is any
wicked way in me.
And lead me in the way everlasting. When my greatest desire is to glorify
God. When I long to trust my Father with all I am, even though I know I
can’t do it on my own. When my desire is for You, but I fall. Every day, O
Father, lead me in the way everlasting. Macy Lee
Today’s devotion is written in the style of a personal prayer, guided by a
psalm. Have you ever tried to pray by using a Bible verse or passage as a
model? Consider taking a moment to read Psalm 139:23-24 slowly, praying
your own words to God in between the Bible’s phrases.
Do you ever find it difficult to be honest with God about your own
failures and shortcomings? How could it be comforting to know that other
people feel this way too?
Remember that God has already secured our forgiveness through Jesus’s
death and resurrection. As we lay all of our thoughts, feelings, and
struggles down at Jesus Christ’s throne in surrender to Him, we can rest in
His deep love for us.
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 (NIV)