Friday - June 5th
Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Psalm 139:23-24
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 7:13-20
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
93% of all web traffic comes through search engines. Google globally accounts for about 80% of all search traffic. Google handles 75,000 queries per second. Its search volume grows by 10%–15% per year. Last year, Google processed 2 trillion searches. That is a lot of searches. How many did you initiate yesterday? I think I made at least 100 searches throughout the day. Using Google or other search engines has almost become a thoughtless, default part of our day.
In our daily walk with God, daily searches are essential. Not simply Googling something, but allowing God to search our hearts. In Psalm 139:23-24, the Psalmist cries out, "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me..." As we open God's Word and talk to Him in prayer, we should invite His Spirit to examine and explore our thoughts, attitudes, and intentions. We should ask Him to see if there is a wicked way in us that we have not noticed or failed to confess.
This search does not have to be a moment where we beat ourselves up, but it is a moment for us to see what God sees and wants to change about us. Satan will try to shame us with guilt rather than bring us to a place of conviction. He desires to make us believe we are categorically flawed and sinful. He wants us to feel the weight of the shame and guilt to the point that we cannot begin to find forgiveness and move forward.
When we invite God to search us and reveal those hidden areas of impurity or sin in our hearts, God has a vastly different plan than Satan. The Psalmist says at the end of verse 24, "lead me in the way everlasting." He wants the searching to lead him to the way of righteousness or the way everlasting. While Satan wants us to be immovably trapped in our guilt, God wants us to move forward after confession. He wants us to experience life in His forgiveness. Satan wants us stuck in shame, while God wants His searching to bring us to newness and freedom.
Psalm 139:23-24 is a passage I often pray daily before the Lord over a week or two. It helps remind me to invite Him to reveal to me the things that do not measure up to His righteousness. But, it also reminds me that as I confess the sin, I can then move forward on the way of life He has for me. Over the next three to five days, pray this portion of Psalm 139 to the Lord. Don't let Satan's voice condemn you; let the Lord cleanse you and move you forward!
Confession is good for the soul because it moves us on in God's righteousness! So, "Search me, God!"