Words from the Heart for Saturday October 17th, 2020
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
Psalm 139:1 (NIV)
Searched and Known
Since its birth 153 years ago, Canada has been searching for its identity. In 1972 CBC radio show host Peter Gzowski opened a competition to find a Canadian equivalent to the phrase “as American as apple pie.” The winning submission came from a Sarnia, Ontario woman, Heather Scott, who suggested, “as Canadian as possible under the circumstances.” Generations that followed have been, on the whole, more or less content to agree. Canada continues to search for our identity. That, I suppose, is part of our identity.
Most people have perfected the ability to keep their true selves well hidden. We human beings don’t tend to be all that transparent. It is likely that the only ones who truly know us are our spouse and children. I’m reminded of a little boy that was walking through an apple orchard with his dad. His dad was about to steal a couple of apples. He looked all around to make sure no one was watching, but as he reached for an apple, his son said, “Dad, you forgot to look up.” It’s a good point – the One who knows us best is our Creator. The Psalmist understood this and wrote in Psalm 139:1, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” God knows not only what we do, but who we really are. This would be frightening if He didn’t love us. But He does love us. In fact, He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to have to live with the pain and guilt that comes with our sin. That’s why He sent Jesus. God does search my heart, and as He does, through Jesus He cleanses me completely.
These have been words from the heart.