Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23, 24). This prayer is a humble cry to God from one honestly seeking a transformation. If there is any offense it isn’t in this prayer. It is what God yearns for. Verse one of this psalm expresses a sigh of gratitude from the seeker: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.”
God knows us. Do we know Him? Do we trust Him enough to ask Him to examine us for an offensive way in us? If we are satisfied to live according to the ways of the world, we will never ask God to search our hearts. We will never know God or the freedom that comes from His indwelling presence.
Examining ourselves is commendable, but can be deceiving. Trusting God for a true revelation of our heart’s condition and asking Him to lead us on our journey is showing wisdom that only He can give. Pleading with God to search our heart is the alternative to claiming to have a fellowship with God but, in reality, are walking in darkness. The apostle John labels such as liars who do not walk according to the truth (1 John 1:6).
Transformation: The Servant’s Heart--A life of Faith addresses three separate but related issues that challenge every Christian: the slavery of anxiety, hypocritical love, and the pride of life.
Transformation is intended to generate a desire for God to search us, and prepare us to walk with Him in a journey of faith and service.