August 12, 2012

Search Me – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Would you be willing to have God search your heart and know your innermost thoughts? King David did. He prayed to God:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:23-24 (KJV)

Keep in mind that God knows your innermost thoughts whether you invite him to search them out or not. David knew this too.

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.” Psalms 139:1-4 (NKJV)

When we ask God to search us and know our hearts, it’s for our own benefit. We know that he will search us perfectly and without bias or deceit. Have you ever asked a friend to tell you what they really think about something you have done or said? It is probably one of the most difficult things we can ask a friend to do. For if the friend is truly honest with you, there is always the risk that an honest answer will jeopardize the friendship. This is especially true if you do not like what you hear. Paul understood this risk when he wrote to the Corinthians to correct their error. However, he explained it this way:

“For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 (NKJV)

I could do the search myself because “no one knows me better than I do.” But, this is a faulty assumption because we are so prone to delude ourselves.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-9 (ASV)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

Why would we ask God to search us in the first place? It’s because we know that a sinful life eventually will lead us to eternal death. We want sin to be rooted out of our lives. As we noted before, the Psalmist wrote:

“And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 139:24 (KJV)

The wise writer of Proverbs 23:7 told us that what we think in our hearts controls our behavior. Therefore, we should listen carefully to the words of Jeremiah:

“O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O Lord, correct me, but with justice; Not in Your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.” Jeremiah 10:23-24 (NKJV)

How does God search and lead us today? By giving us good examples in the Bible to follow and measure ourselves against. This is the very same way that David came to repent. Samuel told him the story of a rich man who took for himself a lamb of a poor man who had little else in life but the lamb. When David became angry, Nathan rebuked him by saying, “Thou art the man,” David realized the sinfulness of his own behavior and repented of it.

We can measure ourselves against the Old Testament worthies described in Hebrews 11. We must measure ourselves against Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

“I write not these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel. I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.”

1 Corinthians 4:14-16 (ASV)

“Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 (ASV)

Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (ASV)

Search me, Lord, and make me more like thee.— Amen




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