Psalm 139:23 (NASB)

 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

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Bible Commentary

Psalm 139:23 is a Bible verse from another song of praise written by King David, where he invites God more intimately into his heart.

King David must have been extremely confident to invite God to look closely into his heart. Would you and I have the confidence to ask God to look closely into our hearts?


This might seem intimidating if you didn’t know God very well. You might be afraid He would see something ugly in your heart--a bad attitude or wrong thoughts.

If we perceive God as distant, sitting on His throne of judgment in Heaven waiting to punish wrong behavior, we would most likely be afraid to ask Him to look into our hearts.

However, if you knew Him personally as a loving and devoted Heavenly Father Who had always taken good care of you, protected and provided for you, then you would have the confidence to invite Him deeper into your heart.  

Unlocking the Truth - Confidence

King David was a man who knew his humanly limitations and faults, yet he pursued God with confidence because he personally knew God's mercies and kindnesses.

He had experienced it many times out in the field tending sheep, knowing God’s provision and protection from bears and lions, and from his human enemies, as well.

He had spent enough time alone with God to know Him well, to know His heart and His great love for him.


That is what God yearns for from you and me, as well—that we would invest a bit of time each day with the Bible to get to know His kindness and mercy. We gain confidence that way.

We are a reflection of our Heavenly Father, made in His image (Genesis 1:27), and the more time we spend with Him and His Word, the more we begin to look like Him.


In Psalm 139:23, David is asking God to see his anxious thoughts—to see what was wrong in his heart, so He could fix it. In the very next Bible verse of Psalm 139:24, David asked God to lead him in the everlasting way, God’s way--the right way.

That’s what a loving father does. He sees what is wrong, but he doesn’t leave you there. He leads you in the right way because He loves you.

Your confidence increases as your knowledge of God’s love and kindness for you increase. You don’t have to worry about being punished, but simply be led with confidence into a way that is better, that is free.

His way is far better than ours. Study Psalm 139:23 and invite God into your heart, so he can lead you in the way everlasting, where you can be confident and free.



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