Search me oh God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
Would you dare pray a prayer like this? Here David is turning over the rights to his inner life to God. In effect, he is simply giving God a search warrant into his very soul! I realize that God knows my thoughts whether I want Him to or not--but that realization is far short of David's honest and transparent prayer, opening himself completely to God. It reminds me of Job's claim to integrity in Job 31:6. He, too, opened himself to God, and because of that openness God blessed him abundantly--more so in his later life than in his earlier, seemingly more prosperous days. Jesus, too, encountered those who opened themselves to Him: men like Nathaniel, women like Mary Magdalene. These, too, gave God a search warrant into the privacy of their inner hearts--and cleansing was the result.
For further thought:
1. Have I ever asked God to "search me"?
2. If I did, what would he find?
Taken from the Book: Today, Lord, I Will