Search me, O 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)
Work In Me
I’m not going to hold back. I’m not going to hide. I’m not going to be reluctant. I’m not going to be hesitant. I’m not going to be timid. I’m boldly going to lay a request before you. What’s that? I’m going to ask that you search me. I’m going to ask that you test me. You seem quite confident. You seem so very sure. Not in me, that’s for sure. What do you mean by that? I’m sure that you are going to find things in me that are not pleasing to you. You won’t have to look long and hard to see things that you will want to remove from my life. I know that I am a sinner. I know that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. So, you aren’t sure that I won’t find anything in you that is displeasing to me? Just the opposite. So, why are you so confident and bold in your prayer? I am sure about you.
What are you sure about me? I know that you love me. I know that you are my Heavenly Father. I know that I am your child. I know that you have begun a good work in me that you will bring to completion. I know that I am the work of your hands. I know that you are molding and shaping my life. I know that I am and will be a masterpiece because your work in, for and through me will not stop until the day that I come to see you face to face. Then I will be completely changed. Yes, that is all true.
What else do you know? I know that it would be foolish to not want you to do your full work in, for and through me. It would be really stupid to hold on to sinful thoughts, words or deeds that are not pleasing to you. It would be really dumb to think that I could hide anything in me that displeases you. That’s right. I know that it may be painful, at times, to have you remove from my life what is displeasing to you. Your work in, for or through me might feel like major surgery. I might have some fear. I might have some trepidation. I might be a little anxious. But, I know that it will all be worth it, to have you do your work in, for and through me. So, I will say it again. Search me. Test me. I want to be the whole and healthy person you have called me to be. I want to live the live that you are calling me to live. I want to live in every way that pleases you. I want to do your will and walk in your ways. That is very good. I will hear and answer your prayer. I will do my work in, for and through you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, it is an uncomfortable experience to ask you to search me. I strongly suspect you will show me things about myself that I would rather not see. Yet, I want to be changed. Remove offensive ways in me. Lead me to live in your ways that are pleasing to you. Amen
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