Diagnosis

Joel Plantinga

READ : Psalm 139

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. (v. 23, niv)

Going to the doctor is not something many of us relish. I doubt that getting poked, prodded, weighed, and measured would make our top ten list of things we enjoy, especially if we aren’t feeling well to begin with. But allowing the doctor to properly examine us is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis of our true condition.

Nobody knows the condition of our hearts like our Maker. At the beginning of Psalm 139 the psalmist says, “Lord, you have searched me and you know me” (v. 1). At the end, he prays, “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (v. 23). In our pride and impatience, we often proceed with life as usual without truly asking God to show us the state of our souls. Why wait until our sins become critical to cry out to God, when we may avoid the crisis by coming to God for a spiritual check-up every day?

Just as we study the reflection in the mirror every morning to make sure everything is in place, so we should look to the Lord regularly for a heart scan, to ensure that our thoughts and attitudes conform to his will.

PRAYER

Search me, O God, and know my heart . . . See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.