Zach Johnson won this year’s British Open and said,
“I’m grateful, I’m humbled, I’m thankful. I’m honored, this is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports, specifically this tournament and golf. It hasn’t set in yet … I felt great, I was patient, I had some scripture going in my head and I thank the Lord, I thank my friends, I thank my family. I’m just in awe right now.” Zach Johnson Wins
Would I want Zach to evaluate my golf swing? With his expertise he would quickly see my flaws. It would be embarrassing! So I’m not sure I would want to go through that kind of scrutiny from such an expert.
On the other hand, I might learn something so valuable, even though painful, that would transform my game and take it to the next level!
King David had some major flaws in his life, not the least of which were adultery and murder! But he said,
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 139:23-24 ESV
Did David ask God to examine him because God did not yet know his actions and thoughts? Of course not, God already knew!
And no creature is hidden from his sight but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 ESV
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
Matthew 9:4 ESV
So why did David pray this prayer? Because he was willing to have his blind spots revealed to him. He did not want to stay in the false security of being self-deceived.
It takes a lot of courage, humility, and openness to pray this prayer. Are you and I willing for the God of the universe to search us so that He can show us what grieves Him?
What did David perceive would be the result? At the end of this prayer he said, “and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Opening ourselves up to the God who created us, confessing those sins He reveals to us, and accepting God’s grace offered through His perfect Son Jesus Christ will indeed be life-transforming.
God already knows what’s in you and me, but are we willing to see what He sees? If we will, it will cause grief, but good grief!
Our Father, search us and try us and show us what grieves you so we may receive your forgiveness and healing in Your Son Jesus Christ.