Have you ever been so crushed by life that you go through the motions of your daily routine feeling numb, having no appetite, barely able to think straight and drowning to the extent that you even forget to pray throughout the day? When anxiety, pain, fear, rejection and despair all combine to crush my heart to the extent that I’m feel as if I’m barely existing, it is then that this Psalm comes to mind. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalms ‭139:23-24‬) Why this Psalm? What does “any wicked way in me” have to do with “my anxious thoughts?” Well, if I’ve allowed anything into my heart which is less than the goodness and righteousness of God, then I’m harboring a destructive force which will constantly erode my peace and security. God promises: “Whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (Prov. 1:33) Therefore, a sure remedy for anxiety is to ask God to search our hearts and reveal anything unrighteous. However, unless we’re willing to be honest with ourselves about our sin, we’ll never be free of it. Once we identify it, we must ask God to help us get rid of it so it will no longer be a destructive force within our heart. Once we begin the process to rid ourselves of it, we begin to see the light of God’s presence shine into our heart and dispel the anxiety. God frees us to be a part of things greater than we can imagine! Job said: “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.” (Job 5:8-9) Anxiety is a symptom of the cancer of sin for which only the peace of God’s presence can cure. His sacrifice is proof that He longs to have each of us walk in His marvelous presence!