Today's Devotional Thought
October 23, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I love Psalm 139. I love the intimacy that David writes about in this Psalm. I love how he writes about God knowing us in our mother's womb before we were even completely formed and how he knows each of the days that we will live. I love how we cannot escape is care and watch. And I love how David writes about how precious we are to God.
God clearly knows us intimately. And he loves us dearly.
And that is a vast majority of Psalm 139. But, notice how Psalm 139 ends:
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
In Bible Study this week, we are talking about how God refines his people. How he uses life circumstances and failures and discipline to purify us and make us more like him. And as I read this Psalm this morning, I loved the pairing of the intimacy of God with the refinement of God. You see, as I read this Psalm I see David praising God and thanking God for knowing all about him and loving him and caring for him and guiding him. And then I see him ending his discussion of the intimacy of his relationship with God with a request for God to use his intimate knowledge of him to identify anything in him that may be harmful so that he could lead him to better.
David even says, Try me.
That's a bold prayer.
It may be only a couple of verses, but there is a lot of depth to what David is asking of God here. As I read this, I see the earnestness of a man who wants so much to be the best version of himself that he can be. And he asks God to reveal the things within himself that need to be refined. And after he asks God to try him, he asks the Lord to lead him in the everlasting way.
Have you ever prayed such a prayer? Knowing full well that our refinement is often painful, are you willing to ask God to search you and try you and lead you to becoming a purified version of yourself?
I urge you to be bold like David and ask God to reveal to you the areas of yourself that need refinement so that you can walk more fully in His everlasting way. And today, reflect on the amazing intimacy that you have with your Heavenly Father and that his refinement of you comes from a deep knowledge of and endless love for you.