Reading: Psalm 139: 13-18 and 23-24
Verses 23 and 24: Search me, O God, and know my heart… Lead me in the way everlasting.
The opening lines of Psalm 139 establish the deep and intimate relationship that David has with God. In today’s reading, David goes back to the very beginning of life and then asks for God to continue in their present relationship. It is a lifetime with God. Over the course of this journey, David has fallen deeply in love with God.
All of us begin as David began – knit together in the womb. He acknowledges that as he was woven together, God was there and saw his unformed body. In understanding the process of how he was created, David in turn offers priase for how he was “fearfully and wonderfully made”. The miracle of life and birth can only be accomplished by the creator of all life: God. We too offer our praise as we are also the wonderful works of God’s hands.
The Psalm concludes with David’s invitation to God. He writes, “Search me, O God, and know my heart”. David invites the One who created him to continue to be present in a very open and totally transparent way. He willingly opens his heart and soul to God and asks God to search out all the corners and closets – to know him completely. This is an honesty and a transparency that we are sometimes a little hesitant to offer. At times, we like to hold onto a little of the control. At times, we like to keep that secret sin tucked away in the closet. And at times, we place a part of ourselves in that dark corner, where it can come our from once in a great while.
David, we know, had some of these things in him as well. To varying degrees we all do. We find David in a new place today though – in a place where he is inviting God to search and know all of him. In a way it is an admission that he needed to make to get to the next level in the relationship. David had to release whatever was left, whatever was holding back the relationship. Search me, know me, O God. May we follow David’s example of surrender, offering all of ourselves to God – the good and the bad – knowing that our loving Father will “lead us in the way everlasting”.