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A Deep Search

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head.

This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide m,your strength will support me. If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you. Psalm 139: 1-12 (TLB)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139: 23-24 (TLB)

Carol Harrison lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. One day her husband asked her if she had seen his notepad. Carol suggested that he check under the cushion of his favorite chair, where things often slide out of sight. He assured me that he had already looked there, but Carol decided to check again in case the notebook had slipped too deep for his larger hands to reach. Carol pulled off the seat cushion and found a few crumbs. She put her hand deeper into the chair and pulled out an empty bag, a few old wrappers, some wadded up tissue, several old magazines, and finally a fork - but no notebook.

Her search in the chair reminded Carol of the importance of searching her heart and life. The chair looked clean at first glance. It took a deep search to find the hidden items lurking in the depths. Similarly, others may take a superficial glance at her and not see the crumbs of sinful acts and emotions that hide below the surface.

The psalmist begged God to search him and know his heart and anxious thoughts. We need to allow God's light to shine into the corners of our hearts too. God will help us to clean up whatever is there.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your steadfast love. search our hearts and lives and help us always to be obedient to you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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