Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:23-24 NIV
If you have ever had a biopsy done, you are familiar with the testing process. First, a small sample is taken and sent to a lab. After preparation, the slide is reviewed under a microscope for abnormalities. After the examination, the pathologist prepared a report for the doctor. From the time the sample is taken until the results are received can be several tense and anxious days.
David prays for God to put his spiritual life under a microscope to search his soul, mind, and actions for abnormalities. He believes himself to be healthy but desires God's assurance. He invites God to make any changes so he might obtain everlasting life.
During this time of Lent, we conduct self-examination. Through the forgiving eyes of our sinless Lord, Jesus Christ, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we peer through the microscope at our lives for inconsistency, desiring to see what our Father sees. We note the problematic areas and ask for God's help to lead pure and perfect lives.
Holy Triune God, search us today. Scrutinize what lies in our hearts, probe our thoughts and review our actions. Where there is any inconsistency and abnormality, grant us forgiveness. Lead us in the paths of righteousness. May all we think, say, and do be for your glory. Through you, Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.