Words from the Heart for Monday February 20th, 2017
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
Psalm 26:2-3 (NIV)
Test Me, Lord
When we ask the Lord to examine us, we are not fearing rejection by Him. This “examining” is like going to the doctor. We want to find out if anything harmful is present. If the doctor tells us that something is wrong, we need the doctor more than ever. That’s the way it is with the Lord. And, we can rely on His continued faithfulness and unfailing love.
Could you pass the Canadian Citizenship Test? Most people born in Canada imagine that they could do so easily, so I decided to take a practice test. I was surprised at how challenging some of the questions were. For example, do you know who the three groups of Aboriginal people are? Do you know how a bill becomes law in Canada? Do you know how Senators are chosen in Canada? (Just in case you didn’t know, the three groups of first nations people are the First Nations, Metis and Inuit, a bill becomes law in Canada when it is passed by both the House of Commons and Senate and is signed by the Governor General, and Senators are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.)
If you are not a follower of Jesus, having been redeemed by Him through faith, you probably don’t want to pray the prayer of Psalm 26:2-3: “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.” Before we come to know Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with sin, shame and guilt and we do all we can to hide from the God who is perfectly holy. To have the Creator of universe, in His blinding holiness, test our hearts and minds would be a frightening thing. But when King David wrote these words, there was no sense of fear and shame, because he had experienced God’s love and grace and his heart had been transformed. So he goes on in verse 3 to say “for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” What a difference Jesus makes in every life that belongs to Him by grace through faith. No longer is there any fear in God testing me. No longer do I run from Him when He starts to examine my heart and my motives. Instead, assured of His love and faithfulness, my desire is for Him to test my heart and mind, and to purify anything there that doesn’t reflect His holiness. Before I came to know Him, I feared Him. Now I desire Him, and His cleansing and purifying power. Are you in that place where, with the assurance of God’s love and faithfulness, you desire for Him to gaze into your heart and mind? If not, trust Jesus Christ today and you will experience His love and faithfulness.
These have been words from the heart.