Psalms broken up into 5 books.
Book 5 —
Belongs to one of the two Davidic collections of Psalms
Speaks of God’s omniscience and omnipresence.
Broken up into 4 sections
vv.1-6 — the omniscience of God
vv.7-12 — the omnipresence of God
vv.13-18 — David’s response to the truths of vv.1-12
vv.19-24 — David’s dislike towards wickedness.
vv.19-22 — David’s dislike towards wicked men
vv.23-24 — David’s personal heart transformation
NOTE: Chiastic Structure. Compare verse 1 with 24.
Why does David want God to search him, know his heart, try him, and know his anxieties?
To see if there is any wicked way in him.
To lead him into the everlasting way.
David wants God to search him, know his heart, try him, and know his anxieties so that God is able to see if there is any wicked way in him, and lead him into the everlasting way.
Open your heart to God, and He will open His blessings to you.
Hold nothing back.
Don’t hide from God. Let Him in.
ACTIVE GOD. Surrender to God, search.
Development of the idea
Keyword: God’s RESPONSE to David’s prayer. Letting in. Relinquishing boundaries. Building bridges. Assertions. PETITIONS that enable God’s search.
This coming week, the audience should pray to God with the intention of opening up their hearts to Him. Spend more time praying for relationship, and less time for results. Pray ONE of these petitions, one day each week.