God searches

Described as an invitation for “a soul-searching probe from the Lord,” Psalm 139 opens with a declaration that God knows all about His creation.

Psalm 139:1-5:

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

The Verse of the Day for March 7, 2018 brings closure to this heartfelt invitation:

Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV):

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.

The entire psalm centers on the verb “search” which has been translated “ to search into, to inquire, to inspect carefully;  to examine with effort and care and accuracy in order to make a full and clear discovery or complete and exact calculation; to track, to trace, to investigate by exploring; to search minutely by uncovering.”

We find a similar reference to the Lord in Chronicles 28:9 (NIV):

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Likewise, Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV) also declares:

“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”

Romans 8:27-28 also directs our attention to the searching of the human heart:

27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The Verse of the Day and related verses remind us who God is and what He does:

God Searches:

Romans 8:27-28

 

God searches the depths of each soul and probes each heart,

To uncover each motive and extract the pure,

Discarding dross, thus perfecting the refiner’s art.

The word of prophecy stands as even more sure,

The touchstone to measure the essence of all life.

All else shall fail but the Word shall ever inspire.

This two-edged sword, sharper than a finely honed knife–

Living, powerful, piercing each thought and desire,

Penetrating soul and spirit, joints and marrow–

Probing deepest emotions, dispelling the dark.

Life-giving and powerful, swift as an arrow

That finds its target and that always hits its mark

Reaching its own perfection, to its fullest extent,

The Word of God prospers wherever it is sent.

Hillsong offers a moving rendition of “Search Me O God,” a most appropriate musical accompaniment to close today’s blog entry:

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