How to Be Known [Psalms 139:23-24 Daily Devotional]
“Search me, 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.”
The psalmist is writing a prayer to God asking to be known. They want the Lord to know even the deepest, darkest parts of them, but they also want God to lead them out of it. The psalmist wants nothing to do with their offensive ways, so they’re asking the Lord to reveal their blind spots to them. In short, the author of this passage wants to be known. Only then can they begin to work through their anxious thoughts.
This is a prayer I’ve used a lot, and I encourage you to use it as well. It’s comforting being known, especially by God who never leaves you or forsakes you. The first step to being known is being honest with God. Simply talk to him like you would a friend you’re getting to know. There’s no point in hiding anything from him because he knows it all already, but there’s power in confession. After that, follow God’s nudges as he leads you through your anxious thoughts and offensive ways.
When I say, “Talk to him,” I think there are two simple ways to get started. The first way is by praying and telling God your concerns and thanking him for what he’s done in your life. The second way is to journal. By journaling, you’re submitting your thoughts to God and you’re able to keep track of what God has done without having to memorize anything. I have a 5-year journal that I can consistently go back to and see how God has moved in my life since the beginning of that journal.
Lord, thank you for being concerned with me. You’re high above it all, yet you care intimately about me. Search me as I learn how to be known by you, and lead me out of my anxious thoughts and offensive ways. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.