In my study time today, I was reading Psalm139 and there were some things that really jumped off the page and spoke to my heart. I thought I would take a minute and share with you. Maybe you’ll get something out of it as I did.
We all know well and can quote verse 23 and 24 which read “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
I’d like for you to take a moment and read the first 22 verses of this chapter.
Do you see it? Can you hear what the Spirit of God is saying here?
All through this chapter, David acknowledges that there is nothing in his life that is hidden from God (V1-2). There is nothing he can think, do, or say that God has not already seen (V3-4).There is nowhere he can go where God will not be (V7-12). He even acknowledges that there is no part of his physical being that God does not know or did not have planned (V13-16). Then in verse 23 he says “Search me, O God…” When I read this today, I sat back in my chair and thought “Knowing that God knows everything, why did he say that?”
We find what I think is the answer in verses 19 through 22: “Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.” Right in the middle of all of this praise to God and acknowledgment of his power, majesty, and goodness, Davids thoughts turn toward his circumstances. He begins to speak to God about his enemies and how they are “wicked and bloodthirsty.”
Davids enemies interrupted his praise!
Has this ever happened to you? Right in the middle of a worship service or your personal worship time your thoughts seem to wander towards some bill you have not been able pay? Or maybe your thoughts turn toward some broken relationship that you have not been able to mend; or toward some addiction you have not been able to get victory over?
David realized this was not how this time of worship should have progressed and his tune changed to an inward focus; “Search me, O God and know my heart. Try me and help me to understand why I have these anxious thoughts that take my attention away from you and how good you are…”
I encourage you today to allow God to search YOUR heart and bring HIS revelation to those areas of your life which have the ability to steal your focus away from how much He loves you and how much He truly cares for you.
DON’T LET YOUR ENEMIES INTERRUPT YOUR PRAISE!!!