Search, Test, See and Lead

in this Psalm the author asks the Lord to do four things, each one requires a complete surrender to Him. Search, test, see and lead.

Search me and know my heart. – Surely the Lord already knows the heart. This isn’t the request. The request is, Lord I open my heart up for your examination. I open all the dark closets of my heart, places where I have kept all of my darkest secrets. I hold nothing back to the Lord of my life. I surrender with the knowledge that you will not recoil or shudder at my secrets. You will love and heal my brokenness. You bring light to dark places.

Test me and know my concerns. – the Lord already knows what I care about, but am I honest with myself. The Lord will indeed test and refine the heart. He will show what you truly care about. What will you carry out of the fire?

See if there is any offensive way in me. – Offensive to who? Is there anything in me that is offensive to God, whose judgment is true? Is there anything I carry in me that offends God? Maybe in my sinful heart I have treasured something that only comes out when I am weak and unprepared. Root out these places Lord.

Lead me in the everlasting way. This last, after the long process of cleaning out the closets, leads to training and instruction, but not by someone who tells us, but someone who shows us. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we have someone who shows us what righteousness looks like. What Love looks like. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Offer yourself completely today and let Him clean out the dark corners of your soul. Then let His light shine into them and through them. I can’t count the number of people who have victory over their sin through Jesus and offer it to others as testimony and encouragement to others. May you be one of them today.

God bless you this morning.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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