“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.”
Lamentations 3:40 (NIV)
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” These famous words were said by Jesus. Although He was referring to the truth of salvation, the larger application is true as well. Truth will set us free. Free from bondage, free from negative thinking, free from poor choices. But truth can be elusive. This is why we must call upon the Lord to help us be honest with ourself. David did this. He asked God to search the deepest parts of his mind and heart and lead him in the truth. Jeremiah in Lamentations encourages us to, “examine our ways and test them.” And God always has our best in mind. His purpose isn’t to fail us, embarrass us or send us back a grade. His desire is to encourage and motivate us, moving us toward maturity. What better way to mature than coming before God, examining our progress and letting Him coach us through the power of His word and the Holy Spirit. This is consistent with God’s will for our life. Jeremiah wrote it this way, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Today, let God examine your heart. Seek His direction and let Him develop the plans He has for your life.
Father, search me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
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