Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 3rd, 2020
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
In 1992, John Cruikshank, managing editor of The Globe and Mail, wrote an article titled “Canada’s Search for Identity.” In it, he says, “There is no Canadian story. There are English-Canadian stories, French-Canadian stories, Aboriginal-Canadian stories, Maritime-Canadian stories, Western Canadian stories, and New-Canadian stories. But these are not complementary accounts of the country that can be pieced together like a puzzle or even layered, one voice upon another, to achieve a distinct national harmony. Canada is a land of many unities but no single unifying hope or fear.
It is natural for human beings to want to be the best we can be. I don’t like it when I make a mistake or fail to the be the man of God I long to be. If this is your longing, you have likely taken time to search your own heart to see if there is anything there that needs God’s cleansing and empowering. There is one step that is even better than self-evaluation. David writes this in Psalm 139:23: “Search me, 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.” As healthy as self-evaluation is, God-evaluation is even better. Your Creator knows you better than you know yourself. The Holy Spirit does such a good job of searching our lives to see if there is anything offensive. As we invite Him to search us, He will do so, bringing conviction where needed. As we then pray “Lord, lead me in the way everlasting” the same Holy Spirit will cleanse our hearts and empower us to live a life that removes our anxiety and honours the Lord.
These have been words from the heart.