Don’t Hold Back
1O LORD, you have searched me and known me!2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. —Psalm 139: 1-6
Is there something in your life you want everyone to know? David did, so much so he hired a choirmaster to put his feelings to music and give it the full harmony and crescendo treatment he couldn’t quite pull off with his harp! What had he discovered? He discovered the immense value added to his life when God’s faithfulness caused him to replace hiding and running with humbled rejoicing. This Psalm is David’s reflection of a lifetime of being spiritually searched which resulted in a deep sense of thankfulness.
God is very able to identify whether our heart’s desire is to bring Him glory. What David writes in this Psalm helps us discern that today. So, our investment in God’s glory demonstrated in our lives can be seen in these three things:
1. Where we plant ourselves. Look at verse two. God knows the places we choose to plant our lives. Sit down isn’t the “take a seat” of an appointment. It means abide or inhabit. It gives us a picture of settling into life in a particular place. Rise up gives us the same idea of deliberate purpose. God knows why we do the things we do in the places we choose to do them. We often treat life like a game when really it is a running commentary on every aim of our hearts. The roots we put down are a strong indicator of what we want our lives to be about.
2. The decisions we make. Now look at verse three. It is impossible to read this passage without being challenged by how active God is in our hearts. His intimate interest in us is hugely humbling. He is searching out the path our lives are on. He scrutinizes us, constantly scouting the track our lives are on so as to prepare, prevent, and protect. Literally, He is winnowing us: separating the good from the bad. It is a bad sign when our pride seeks to prevent Him from purifying our purposes for His pleasure.
3. The words we use. The fourth verse shows just how well God knows us. He knows what we are going to say before we do. I’m not sure that is anything we would necessarily find exciting because of what we know about ourselves. We should find it convicting and transforming. He knows every word we say and the reason we say it.
- How can God’s searching bless my life?
- Does His intimate knowledge of me give me comfort or concern?
Prayer – Father in heaven, I can only pray Your Words back to You, Lord. You have searched me and known me. You do know my thoughts from afar. You are acquainted with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know it already. Help me to live like I know this. Use this knowledge to both convict and comfort me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.