“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.”
Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
David’s hatred for his enemies came from his zeal for God. David regarded his enemies as God’s enemies, so his hatred was a desire for God’s righteous justice and not for personal vengeance. Is it all right to be angry at people who hate God? Yes, but we must remember that it is God who will deal with them, not us. If we truly love God, then we will be deeply hurt if someone hates him. David asked God to search his heart and mind and point out any wrong motives that may have been behind his strong words. But while we seek justice against evil, we must also pray that God’s enemies will turn to him before he judges them (see Matthew 5:44).
David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognise sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. Make this verse your prayer. If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing “along the path of everlasting life.” (Tyndale Study Bible)
In our Bible study group, we made a decision to invite people to Church or our meetings. As Christians, we can’t be passive and not spread the Good News of the Gospel. We are mandated by God to do that, spread the News and Love, as I said yesterday. We have a circle of friends that are very far from going to Church or God. It will be a huge challenge. Many hours of prayer and convincing. That’s my challenge right there. I am accepting that challenge. I can assure you that it won’t be without the help of God.
Just as God searches my heart for imperfections, I need Him to search their hearts and reveal to me, how I am going to convince them of a new life. In the commentary David refers to his enemies, in my situation they are our opportunities. God does not like it when people don’t love Him. However, it’s not our job to condemn those people. God will deal with those people in his way. We can assist Him in reaching those people. Be a witness of His love. It starts by fixing our hearts first. Our reward is everlasting life.
As I said yesterday, love is action, not passive. Everything we want to achieve in our world is going to take action. It is not just going to happen. So what is my action plan in this case? Firstly I am going to write down their names. Formulate a strategy with Gods help. Then implement and work that plan.
“Lord search all people heart and reveal the correct way to them. Amen.”