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#20 – Thursday – March 23, 2017

#20 – Thursday – March 23, 2017
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139: 23-24
These verses used to scare me. Why would I want to be searched? I know what’s in there. I have a hunch about the things that offend Him. But the prayer is a desire to be entirely God’s possession-for Him to have free rein in a human heart. And once prayed, it can produce some surprising results. Some of the things that I thought would offend Him didn’t; and some of the thoughts I assumed were fine turned out not to be. That’s good information to know. Therefore, this is a good prayer to pray.
Notice the invitation in this psalm. God is welcome in this heart. After acknowledging the intensely detailed and comprehensive knowledge of God-and that God already knows every thought-the psalmist asks God to search His thoughts. This isn’t a request for God to find out information He doesn’t already have; He already has it all. It’s an invitation for God to put His finger on what needs to stay and what needs to go. It’s an invitation to prompt change.
A lot of people have an implicit leave-me-alone or please don’t-hurt-me attitude in their relationship with God, a desire to sweep painful stuff under the rug. But we invite the Spirit’s holy intrusion because it really isn’t an intrusion. It’s a benefit of the relationship. We want things to be right between us and God, and we want Him to let us know when they aren’t. That’s how good relationships work and intimacy develops. That’s honesty and transparency-on both sides. As we open ourselves more to God, he opens Himself more to us. Transparency is the only way to reach deeper depths.
Yes, Lord-search me. Put Your finger on whatever doesn’t please You. If there’s anything that creates a rift between us, I want it gone. Please let me know what You see and help me change it.

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