You only have to read a few Psalms to get how much David trusted and relied on God. Take Psalm 139 for example. It’s like a God led search and rescue mission.
In Psalm 139, David boldly lays his heart out before God with a very clear and equally bold ask.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
- Search me.
- Know me.
- Test me.
- Lead me.
This is bold, very bold, of anyone to say, to anyone, much less to God.
First God knows our true hearts, but to lay it out there, not as a challenge, but as a “please do this” is amazing. Seriously, how many of us really want others to know what we’re thinking all the time then correct us? Okay, I’ll go first – not me!
It’s a lot easier at times to pretend. To put up the front or adjust my comfortable mask.
“How’s it going?”” we ask casually.
“Great” we respond generically.
Then usually just because we throw in “how about you?” probably hoping, praying (begging?) the other person responds the same way with “great.”
That is what is so amazing about those 2 verses. David desires God to search his heart and show him anything that offends him. Not offends David or offends others, but anything David himself is doing that offends God. And then to lead him away from those things and to life. Which I read as – “God whatever you find you don’t like, get rid of it! Know I’ll turn it over to you, because I want to live!”
Imagine the burden that was lifted off David. I’m sure he knew that God knew what he knew – stay with me – but to verbalize it, to put it out there, had to feel good. It actually shows trust in the ONE we can fully and completely trust.
I believe God is more than willing to lead us but only if we ask and completely and totally believe him. David took that step, exposed himself, was brutally honest to God, and believed.
You have God’s attention. What is it you want Him to know?