Do you know what searched means?
It means to investigate, examine, seek out.
Now apply these definitions to the words of David.
God actually seeks out our souls. He looks through them. He investigates them. He researches them.
Why does Almighty God have to take this time with my soul? I used to think that since He is an all-knowing God that everything comes to Him through an Osmosis kind of system. And maybe that too is true. I don't know.
I do know that this scripture says He takes time with me, understands where I am at, how I feel, how I think.
I know as one who loves to research that the things I research are the things that fasinate me, the things I want to learn more about, the topics that grab my heart. I don't waste time researching into things I don't care about or that I want to see lost or forgotten.
In the past whenever I'd hear this verse about God searching me I'd think He was searching me just to uncover sin.
Part of God's search is to uncover sin but not to point a finger at me in condemnation. He wants to get rid of sin because it interferes with His relationship with me and who He made me to be.
Also, sin hurts the soul! He doesn't want to see his child hurt.
But this isn't the only reason God searches us. He loves us. He delights in us. He wants to uncover things for us to see that will bring us closer to Him. He is an encouraging God, a Father who absolutely adores his children.
This reminds me of my husband's relationship with our nine year old daughter. In his eyes she can do no wrong. Yet, he reluctantly notices when she has an attitude or when she isn't trying or behaving badly, and he will discipline when needed. But his preferred mode of love toward her is sweet and lovely and "how can I make you smile?" kind of love.
I think God is the same but more so.
What a glorious God we serve. Let Him seach you, try you and show you your heart.
Thank you Jesus!