Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! Psalm 139:23 ESV
Deep within us lies the truth. Not the superficial things that others see. Not our own preferences or how we hope to be perceived.
Our true self can get buried beneath layers and masks, so that even we cannot recognize it. We might accurately identify the symptoms, but incorrectly label them as the cause of our misery. Or we might overlook the layers entirely. We need to dig deep to uncover the core of our being, and often we’re afraid to probe as deeply as necessary.
But God reminds us that He goes beyond the surface. He knows the deepest things about us. For He “sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
God calls us to recognize these truths and realize how important this understanding is to our relationship with Him and to our spiritual maturity. Instead of being concerned with the approval of others, God calls us to focus on getting our hearts right with Him. To love Him not in superficial ways but “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Jesus pointed out that many religious people (even leaders) did not understand God’s concern for the deeper things. Citing Isaiah, He said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8).
Today, give God permission to search your heart and mind, revealing deep things to you. Be sensitive to His Spirit, and love Him with your whole being. Make Him your highest priority.