Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. Psalm 26:2-3 (NIV)
Do you really want me to test your life? Are you really asking me to closely examine your heart and mind? Are you confident that your life will pass my test? Do you think that your heart and mind will be able to stand up under my close examination? Only you can make it so my life will pass your test. Only you can make my heart and mind stand up under your close examination. Do I feel confident that I will pass your test? Do I think that my heart and mind and life will stand up under your close examination? I know with certainty that I am not perfect. I am far from perfect. Why then would you ask me to test your life by examining your heart and mind? There is no closer scrutiny than this test. Do you have no fear in me testing your heart and mind and life? Those are good questions.
I know that you love me. I also love you. You want me to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. You don’t want anything to hinder our relationship with each other. No, I do not. I want to live my life in every way that is pleasing to you. I want to know you. I want to walk in your ways. I want to follow you to wherever you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I don’t want to lag behind or run ahead of you. I don’t want to wander to the left or right of you. I want to walk closely with you as you lead me through life. Your love for me makes me unafraid of your testing. Your love for me makes me unafraid of your close examination. My love for you welcomes and invites your testing and close examination of my heart and mind and life. I accept your welcome and invitation. I know that you will work in my life according to your purposes and plans. You will do what needs to be done. You will change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, I will. You will remove anything my heart and mind and life that is not pleasing to you. Yes, I will. That is what I am asking for. That is what I want. Do your work in my life so that I will be able to walk closely with you. Yes, I will.
Lord, go ahead and test my life by examining my heart. I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live my life in ways that are pleasing to you. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Help me to walk closely with you. Amen
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