Praying the Psalms Month 2: Psalm 139

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Praying the Psalms is hopefully getting easier over the last few months. This month we’re looking at Psalm 139, in particular verses 23-24. 

These two verses make for a VERY powerful prayer. In these two verses, the psalmist is seeking a deeper relationship with God. He asks God to do some very difficult things:

1. “Search me. Know my heart.” It can be easy to go through the motions or put on a good face, but how pure is our heart? Are we serving God and others with the heart of a servant? Are we serving like Christ?

2. “Know my thoughts.” Sometimes I don’t have the best thoughts. I know there are times I have thoughts I don’t want anyone to know about. God knows those thoughts. Here the psalmist is asking God for a thorough, honest, and brutal evaluation. 

3. “See if there be any grievous way in me.” Another translation says, “Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad.” None of us want to make God sad, but that’s what our sin does.

Are you willing to ask God to do these things? It may be hard. It will require to be humble. It will require to listen. Let’s go to God in prayer about this together this month. 

Example Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to know you more! I want to be more like your son so that when other see me, they will see Him. I know that means I need to change. Search me, know my heart, know my thoughts, know me. Show me where I need to change. Help me be more like your son. Help me look to you for all the answers. Help me to follow your son’s example. In Christ’s name, amen.

In Him,

Jonathan Germany, Associate minister at Holly Hill church of Christ

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