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I, The Lord, search the heart. . .Jeremiah 17:10

O, Lord,  you have searched me and known me . . .Psalm 139

The Lord knows the thoughts of man. . .Psalm 94:11

Literally, the most useless endeavor is to try to fool or manipulate God. He knows. Even when I try to lie to myself, He knows.

I am so grateful that this is also true–

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7

. . .but he knows the way that I take. . .Job 23:10

the Lord hears when I call to him. . .Psalm 4:3

Lord, thank you for your mercy!

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Know – not merely an accumulation of information, but to know and understand. It’s a knowing that requires relationship

try – examine, test to prove an assertion

thoughts – specifically this refers to anxieties

grievous way – harmful, idolatrous patterns of life

Father, because my heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick (from Jeremiah 17), meaning that my heart will lie to me, I ask You to know my heart. I ask You to expose the affections and attitudes that keep me from total trust and surrender to Your will.

Show me my anxieties and my fears. Expose them to me so that I can get rid of them. They are harmful habits. Anxiety, fear, discontent are idolatry. I look to them as more powerful than You. That is sin. I repent. I thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness.

Please get me off the harmful path and lead me on the good path of obedience to You. Help me to trust You. Teach me how to obey.


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