Psalm 139:23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.


After prayer against the evil who oppose God, the psalmist turns to himself and asks God to examine him. The psalmist wants God to know his heart, where his intentions and direction are revealed. He wants to be tested to show he is unwavering even during trials. By God knowing what makes the psalmist anxious, he is praying to turn the worry over to God.


Psalm 139:23 is a great prayer of self-examination that I need to talk honestly about with God. When I am doing something, what are my intentions and where is my heart? Am I doing this out of love or obligation; caring or commitment? How often do I ask God to test me and will I pass the test? Our faith really shows, when we face the most difficult circumstances. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he has done.” Worry does us no good, in fact it can cause us stress and physical harm. Whatever I am facing that may be a concern to me, I need to lift it up to God rather than hold onto it.


Father, Thank you for making me and knowing me. Please let your Spirit guide my heart to act in love to do your will. Give me the strength and courage to have unwavering faith no matter the situation or cost. May I not be anxious and turn all things over to you in prayer.