Today, we’re going to look at David’s prayer to see himself through God’s eyes.
Psa 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: (24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
David’s brief prayer was potent and probing. He asked God to search him, to try him, to know his thoughts. David willingly opened himself up to God’s scrutiny. Now, David knew that God already knew him thoroughly. He said:
O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. (2) Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (3) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. (5) Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. (6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
David was deeply impressed with the fullness of God’s knowledge of him. God knew his physical activities. God knew David’s words before he spoke them and his thoughts as they bounced around inside his head. The Lord was acquainted with ALL his ways.
It was not enough for him, though, that God knew David well. David wanted God to share His knowledge with him. He wanted to see himself through God’s eyes. Praying this way takes enormous courage. (The trouble isn’t in saying it, it’s it meaning it – really wanting to know the truth about yourself.)
Even self-awareness wasn’t David’s goal. He wanted to know himself better so that he could see the problems and have God help him change. That’s the rub, isn’t it? We don’t want to change – not in real ways, not in deep ways. We content ourselves with piddling progress. We’re rearranging furniture while the house burns down around us.
You know God is willing to answer this kind of prayer for the person who prays it and means it. God longs to impart this knowledge to you, and to help you change. He knows, though, that you probably won’t act on it, that you’re not ready to hear the truth, until you ask.
What About You?
- Do you want to know the truth about yourself?
- Have you asked God to show you?
- Are you willing to change if God points out problems in your life?