23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
(Psalm 139:23-24, King James Version)
Search Me, O God
Our Bible passage today is one of those timeless passages that we find ourselves repeating again and again. It is a prayer we would do well to pray every single day of our lives. For our hearts are deceitful, and we constantly find ourselves in the position of searching our very hearts, and crying out for God's grace to keep us faithful to Him.
As believers in Christ, we have been transformed. Our desires have changed; when once we only sought to glorify ourselves, now we desire to bring glory to God, alone. However, that does not mean that we are without sin; neither does it mean that we are not constantly bombarded with temptations to sin against this very God we love so much.
I think that is what the Psalmist is saying. He knows that he is not without sin. The righteousness that God sees when He looks upon us is the righteousness of the blood of Christ which covers our sins. The Psalmist is not intimating that he is without sin. As a matter of fact, after his plea to God to search him, he states, "And lead me in the way everlasting."
Unfortunately for us, as long as we are on this earth, we will constantly be tempted to disobey the Lord, and left to ourselves, often yield to those temptations. That is why the Psalmist asked God to lead Him in the way everlasting. In humble faith, we need to cry out to God to keep us from sin, and to lead us in His way rather than our own.
What keeps us from obedience to Christ? Often it is nothing more than our own fear--fear of failure, fear of change, fear of ridicule by people of the world, maybe even fear of ridicule by other believers. Satan puts a very effective stop to many believer's obedience by simply casting doubt and fear upon their plans. Do you remember what he said to Eve, "Has God said?" In other words, he is casting doubt upon the directions or commands given by God to Adam and Eve.
We might say, "Does the Bible really say that?" Or we may say, "Does the Bible really mean that?" We live in a time when the Bible is being redefined and in essence rewritten by may professing Christians. Our culture is not happy with the stringent stand the Bible takes on such issues as abortion and homosexuality, so we simply redefine what the Bible says. Like Satan, we are saying, "Has God really said that?"
As believers, where the Bible is very clear, we must also be very clear. There are many areas of Christian liberty, but there are many areas where God is very specific in His commands.
So, as we say, "Search me, O God," let us pray that we really mean just that. Let us pray that God will be gracious to us, and give us the desire and then the ability to be obedient to His commandments. We live in a very different culture than did the Psalmist, but God's Word has not changed!
God Bless You,