Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way and me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”Psalm 139:23-24
I used to get annoyed when my laptop kept telling me it needed a software update, or virus scan, or some other preventive maintenance. Ask me later, I clicked on the screen, “Can’t you see I’m busy!?”
But then, one inevitable day, I got a computer virus that wiped out my entire hard drive. Important documents and hundreds of pictures, which I’d failed to back up, vanished in an instant.
Needless to say, I now keep my computer healthy with regular updates and scans.
The unexamined life is not worth living.Socrates
Our wise friend from ancient Greece challenges us to scan our lives for purpose and meaning, or risk losing everything. But King David of ancient Israel has a better idea: ask God to do it.
Search me, O God, and know my heart.King David
After all, heart surgery is best left to the professional. That’s what God told the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”Jeremiah 17:9-10
Are you like me, to busy to scan until it’s almost too late? Well, let’s both not be that way anymore. Agreed?
A closing Haiku:
Do not say, “I can’t”
When you really mean, “I won’t”
Wakey wake, cupcake.Regular David (me)