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.
As someone who works with search engines, especially Google, the thought of people as search engines crossed my mind.
And Psalm 139:23-24 readily flashed through my thoughts as the search algorithm that the Psalmist uttered.
Working in the Internet marketing field for many years now, I learned a lot about search engines.
They index everything published on the web with one major purpose, to give (or sell) every information available to humankind.
Have you not realised that anything you want to know about any topic is just a search engine away?
Google and Bing could offer you thousands or more related topics for any word you type in the search box? You could even opt to search for photos and videos only.
In this era of information and social media, one could not help, but wonder are search engines trying to be an all-knowing, ever-present, and powerful instrument playing important roles in people’s lives?
Some people (maybe the antichrist watchers) might perceive search engines as trying to act like God.
Also, in this freedom of expression and belief society, it won’t be surprising to see “search engine worship” arising as a religious sect.
I don’t think search engines are trying to act like God because of two reasons.
First, search engines may have all the information on the World Wide Web, but they cannot classify which one is true or false.
Second, search engines do not prescribe or try to impose knowledge except their own search algorithm.
Having established such about search engines, let us now show how God would search us in the light of Psalm 139:23-24.
In effect, we see God here as the “Searcher” and we are His search engine, pleading to be searched.
We are asking Him to know our hearts and thoughts.
And as human search engines, what is the information we have indexed in our hearts and minds? Are they true or not?
Do they speak about God’s love and eternal purpose?
Will God be pleased when He comes to search or examine us?
Most of all, we have the Almighty God searching our lives for anything that offends Him, and we ought to rejoice, for He has led us to everlasting life.