Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! ESV Psalm 139:23-24
A literal Hebrew translation:
23- Search me, God, and know my inner man/mind/heart/will; Examine me and know my disquieting thoughts (the things that make me anxious)
24- And see if there is a road/way/path/journey of pain or idolatry in me, and lead me in the way/path/journey of long duration/of old/futurity
The RVLT (Robert’s Very Loose Translation)
Search me O God and know the deepest parts of my soul; Examine me closely and know the thoughts that trouble me the most (that I may not even be aware of). Especially show me the ways I keep running off into idolatry and pain and instead lead me in the safe path that stretches behind and before me to eternity.
In other words, David realized in his heart and life he kept running off God’s path into idolatrous and painful ways of coping with life. Similar to a rut made by running water that runs off the road, David kept slipping into the proverbial ditch and finding himself coping with life in unhealthy idolatrous/sinful ways. He asks God to reveal those paths and lead Him in a narrow, healthy path. May we ask God to do the same for us on a daily basis. God will gladly search our hearts, know us, and keep us on the safe (yet narrow) path–the path that stretches behind and before us to eternity. May we allow God to search our hearts, know our thoughts, and lead us on this safe path when our feet so often run off it into dangerous coping mechanisms.