• Karen O'Reilly

Devotional Bible Study: God Knows My Heart | Psalm 139 23 and 24.

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Welcome to Day 9 for a short powerful devotion from our 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan. This short devotional is from Psalm 139;23-24. And make sure to join me in prayer at the bottom of this post.


Read Psalm 139:23-24. Click on the verse to read it in various translations.

"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."


These are wise words from David. Psalm 139:23-24 are powerful verses to use regularly in prayer. All through the Psalms, we meet up with David regularly. He loved to praise and worship God. That was because he led quite an extraordinary life that was filled with excitement, adventure, fear, and anxiety, and sin. But he had learned to turn to God in every situation that he was in.


David the psalmist had first-hand experience at the relief from the anxiety that he received when he sought forgiveness from God and the provision and deliverance he had been given when surrounded by enemies.


When you have time read the whole of Psalm 139 and you will be encouraged. David will remind you that God knows when you rise and sit. He knows your words even before you speak them. God knows your thoughts. You cannot flee from His presence. You can rejoice and sing with David that you are


" fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body;" Psalm 139:14-16. Read the whole of Psalm 139 Here.


David had confidence that the Lord who knows his heart and who sees everything can vindicate him and protect him from his enemies.




God knows your heart

Be like David! Call on God to search your heart and know your anxious thoughts. Ask Him to "search me and know my heart".


God is all-knowing and full of perfect wisdom. God knows your heart intimately and He sees all things. God knows what lies ahead of you and He longs to partner with you to prepare you for what is coming down your path.


God also knows your past and the things that have happened to you to cause deep upset and anxiety. Our wise and loving God wants to renew your mind with His powerful words found in scripture to touch those painful parts of your past and to fill you with His confidence so that you can live the best life that God has prepared for you.


God knows my heart

Hidden anxieties can create a trap in your life. You and I need to partner with God and ask Him to reveal the truth to us of these root causes and then prayerfully allow God to heal those deep hurts that afflict every one of us.


Have you ever made a vow to never let anyone come close to you again?


I have. It is a natural response but can cause you to miss out on some wonderful godly relationships that God can bring into your life. I had to repent of it and I now have some wonderful friendships. I have also suffered hurt in these relationships but I have noticed that when I run straight to God with my wounds He shows me the truth in them and reminds me not to take offense.


Do you ever worry about your finances?


This was an area that I have had to work hard on with God. My issue with money stems from childhood and losing 2 homes and being aware that there was a lack of money for our personal needs. I was determined as I became an adult that a lack of finances would not be an issue in my adult life. It would have been too easy to count every cent and to spend it very conservatively which would lead to a lack of generosity. But God is so faithful and He did not allow me to stay long in that harmful place. He has showered me with unexpected gifts and miracles which only came about because I surrendered all my financial concerns to Him and allowed Him to guide me in my generosity.


God knows your heart!


What is God saying to you through Psalm 139:23-24?


Have you recently asked God to search your heart and to point out to you anything that offends Him?


Could there be a hurt from the past that has influenced your behaviour that actually could be a root cause of your anxiety?


Free printable prayer journal

Use our free printable prayer journal that was specifically designed for our 30 Psalms challenge on anxiety or a notebook to answer those questions above. You can download it here. Use it to go deeper as you ponder all that God will reveal to you as you spend time in His presence.


Bible affirmation: Remind yourself often of these biblical truths.

God knows my heart.

God is all-knowing and full of perfect wisdom.

God wants me free from anxiety and to walk in the abundant life that He has planned for me.

Scripture prayer:

Join me in praying Psalm 139:23-24.


Thank you, Father, for loving me so much that You do not want me to have anxious thoughts. Fill me with Your courage to ask You to 'search my heart O Lord '. Show me the things that I have done and thought that I need to repent of. Renew my mind with Your words from scripture. Point out anything that offends You, so that I can walk in the abundant life that You have planned for me. Amen.


Other encouraging bible verses:

Philippians 4:7, Matthew 22:37, Hebrews 4;12.

Related Resources:

You will find the 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan HERE It will have the list of 30 Bible verses that we are using for 30 days for our bible challenge.


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