Thursday, June 23, 2022


Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)

This is one of the many Psalms David wrote. David was a man with many faults, who was sinful, and yet it seems he was always searching for God. Here he is even asking God to search his heart and let him know what he’s doing wrong. He’s asking for guidance.

That is pretty bold. I think of myself as a pretty decent person, but to ask God to dive deep down and search my innermost thoughts – wow. I sometimes have thoughts that aren’t very nice. They may not show on the surface, but in my head, I may not be thinking the most holy thoughts.

One of the emotions I sometimes have in my head is resentment – why does that person get to have things that I don’t? Why does that person get to be in charge? Why can’t I retire? How does that person stay in such great shape without really trying? Why don’t I have a perfect life like she does?

And resentment is not the only evil thought in my head – there are others.

How do I overcome this? I need to open my heart up to God and be willing to let God lead me. I will never be perfect, but with God’s help, I can do better.

It’s comforting to know that God is still there for me, walking with me, leading me, even when he knows my innermost thoughts.

Questions For Reflection:

  • What are some tools you can use to get rid of the unholy thoughts in your head?
  • Is it a little scary to think that God knows all those thoughts?


Holy God, let me be willing to open my heart to you. When my heart is not in the right place, speak to me and lead me closer to you. Amen.


Posted by Lori Changstrom

Lori has been on the Southwood staff since 1998. As the Administration/Finance Director, she feels the most important piece of her job is to ensure that we are being good stewards of all that we have been blessed with. She is married to her husband Don, and they have two adult children, David and Rebecca. They are also proud grandparents to Charlotte.

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