“O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me” (Psalms 139:1).
The modern idea of getting searched generally brings images of the police searching a suspect or criminal. As we’ll soon discover the relationship between us and God is far from adversarial or accusatory. But notice that the psalmist is well aware that God has searched him and in fact knows him. How many of us can approach God in full confidence with this understanding? It is the ultimate truth for all to achieve, the ability to comprehend and accept that all is known of us by God. We daily face Him in prayer and in life naked and exposed. There is no hiding in the darkness of denial, only standing in the exposure of God’s light.
The word “search” is derived from the Hebrew word “chaqar”. It means to search the earth by digging. It is a reference to digging for precious stones and metals. We have a better example of the word “search” is in Job.
“He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death” (Job 28:3).
God Has Dug
God has dug for the precious, the perfection within each of us. It’s there. God knows this because He knows us. But His digging and His light although often painful and burning is not for His cause but our own. Would you sweat and toil for diamonds and gold? Would you dig in the earth if you knew there were treasures buried there? That’s what God is doing for us. When we stand in God’s light all is made known that is in us. The sinner rebukes and rebuffs this. They deny and dispute God’s mining for they know that there is much dirt that comes along with the few precious gem stones. But no greater truth can be arrived at than our acceptance of what God unearths’, all of what He unearths’.
“O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.” It may be difficult to see but the last word, “me” is italicized. This means it was added in by a translator. This was done probably for clarification and as an attempt to personalize the statement.
But look how even more powerful the verse is as it was originally written. “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known”. To perceive, to understand, to be acquainted with and know absolutely everything there is to know about us. To know our heart, mind, body, spirit and soul. To know our past, present and future. To know our hopes, dreams and desires and our hates, lusts and sins. To be searched by God and for Him to know!
Many years ago pop singer Neil Young sang in his song, “Heart of Gold”, “I want to live, I want to give, I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold”.
God has searched and dug the precious inside of us. Will we do the same for him?
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
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