Search me, O 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.
David was willing to have God not only explore his heart but even check his thoughts. He was also willing to be put to the test regarding his love for and obedience to God.
test – to prove, examine, scrutinize, put on trial
I have to ask myself, “Would I want my thoughts and intentions to be put on trial? Am I willing for God to look intently into my heart and mind, and point out what’s hidden there?” It sounds like spiritual open-heart surgery to me.
I pray the prodigal would be willing to submit themselves to the skillful hands of the Father for some exploratory surgery; that they wouldn’t fear God’s “testing” their thoughts and intentions. May they prove to harbor nothing that would offend the Lord.
Search __________, O God, and know his/her heart; test him/her and know his/her anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in him/her, and lead ________ in the way everlasting.