“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:” Psalm 139:23
Our first response: “Wait! Why would I want God to get into my life and point out all the bad things I do? I have enough people doing that already.” To truly appreciate this verse, we need to dig further into God’s plans for us, and who He is.
God has wonderful plans for us. We were created to bring Him glory. He wants us to be the most we can be. He is ready to help us. Jesus came as a man, to die for us so that we could be free from the bondage of sin. Then, Christ arose from the dead so that we could spend eternity with Him. Not only does this show God’s great love toward us, but His interest in our personal lives.
Despite God being perfect, He understands our weakness and frailties. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus is the Gentle Shepherd. He lovingly cares for us.
Just as we go to the doctor to seek physical wellness, we need to go to God for diagnosis and treatment– the Great Physician loves us more than any doctor could. Treatment does have its hardships, but we can know we are in safe hands.
Once God shows us our illness, we can seek spiritual health by following the instructions in 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Another useful step in overcoming sin is found in James 5:16. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We can seek help from God and others.
Let’s take a look at Psalm 139 again. Go ahead and read the entire chapter. God is looking out for us, and He desires to gently work through our lives. Regardless of our failures, He unconditionally loves us. We should desire His guidance to lead us in the way everlasting.
Yes Lord, search me, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
By: Daniel Hancock
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