Psalm 139:23-24 (New International Version)
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
It was Saturday morning as Jake, an avid hunter, woke up ready to go bag the first deer of the season. He walked down to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, and to his surprise he found his wife, Alice, sitting there, fully dressed in camouflage.
Jake asked her, "What are you up to?"
Alice smiled. "I'm going hunting with you!" Jake had many reservations about this, but reluctantly decided to take her along.
When they arrived at the hunting site, Jake set his wife safely up in the tree stand and told her, "If you see a deer, take careful aim and I'll come running back as soon as I hear the shot." He walked away with a smile on his face knowing that Alice couldn't bag an elephant, much less a deer.
However, within ten minutes, Jake was startled as he heard an array of gunshots. Quickly, Jake ran back. As he got closer to her stand, he heard Alice screaming: "Get away from my deer!"
Confused, Jake raced faster towards his screaming wife. And again he heard her yell, "Get away from my deer!" followed by another volley of gunfire!
Now within sight of where he had left his wife, Jake was surprised to see a cowboy, with his hands high in the air. The cowboy, obviously distraught, said, "Okay, lady, okay!!!! You can have your deer!!! Just let me get my saddle off it!"
I suppose we've all done some pretty stupid things in our lifetime. I'd like to share with you some of the most stupid mistakes I've ever made but unfortunately, time and space does not permit!
We all have done something stupid, we don't want anyone else to find out about it. In fact, we go to great lengths to make sure that no one learns about it. We don't want the embarrassment of ridicule. We don't want to hear, "I told you so!" or "You should have known better!" or "What were you thinking?!" So we are reluctant to share our shortcomings.
That's why the passage in Psalm 139 can be a bit perplexing:
"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." (Psalm 139:23-24)
Do you see what David is doing? He is inviting God to take a look at his heart and find all the stupid things that are hidden there. Why would he invite God to do that?
I can only think of one reason. David had an absolute trust in God. He knew that God loved him. He knew that instead of ridiculing him or berating him upon finding fault, God would do everything in His power to help David to find restoration and peace of mind. David had the utmost confidence in God. How I desire that in my life!
Dear Lord we know that you are aware of everything in our life, both good and bad. We want a faith that can be as open and honest as David. We invite you to show us our shortcomings, and lead me in your paths of righteousness. In Jesus' name, amen.