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. (New International Version 1984)- Psalm 139:23-24
This is one of those verses that separate the real from the unreal, the chaff from the wheat. Most do not really want this. Some, no, most, do not want God, or anyone else, to search, and test, and lead them.
My son and I were eating at a restaurant the other day, and he mentioned that there were some who paid a thousand dollars for a piece of pizza. That seemed unbelievable to me, but he had seen it somewhere probably, and mentioned about being topped with caviar and such. In my mind that was just too extravagant.
But further pondering on the subject, and I could easily see how that many who are among the most poor, would perhaps think similar of me spending twenty bucks or more for a meal at a restaurant. Because of their situation, they could think of lots of ways to better spend that twenty bucks. Similar to the mega-church, and the small rural one, I suppose.
We don't much like being real honest, and seeing things from the spiritual perspective. The 'wants', and the 'needs', are so very different. This is how the church, institutional, and the church individual, each member, fails so miserably, I believe. Too many do not really want to be searched, and known. Of course with God, we are, anyhow. This is written for us, for our own benefit. Our REAL 'wants' and 'needs'.
I realize many will not even bother to read this, as so many blogs about scripture are. And we discuss and wonder what is wrong. This verse explains, if one can really see and hear what it says. God willing. God Bless.