But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Treasury of Scripture And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. It is a time to reflect upon the blood of Christ shed for us and the body of Christ broken for us such that we remember who we are in Christ to the extent that we want to honor Him fully with our lives. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! The latter assumes a face of sanctity, and covers a multitude of vices under a seeming religious deportment.
Yet we may each one desire such searching; for it would be a terrible calamity to us for sin to remain in our hearts unknown and undiscovered. The merchant measures a gallon of oil or a pound of tea, and does not give full measure. It is God's love, from the face of Jesus shining into my dark heart, that makes my heart open to him, and delight to be his dwelling place. Your sin is open to the eyes of God and the punishment is eternal torment in the lake of fire. The basic definition of perfect is: completeness, maturity.
Treasury of Scripture Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: search me To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Search me, O God, and know my heart! He is aware of the deceitfulness of his own heart; he desires to detect and mortify every sin; and he longs to be satisfied of his being a true believer, and to practise the holy commands of God. To all these things there is a condition, and that condition lies in a discipline, and that discipline is generally proportionate to the strength and the measure of the gift that we ask. This path leads to away from our God. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.
Indeed, we may be sure that we state nothing but what experience will prove, when we declare it a high attainment in religion to be ready to know how bad we are. Put an end to the evil of the wicked, but establish the righteous, O righteous God who searches hearts and minds. The difference between an unconverted and a converted man is not that the one has sins, and the other has none; but that the one takes part with his cherished sins against a dreaded God, and the other takes part with a reconciled God against his hated sins. The heart and its thoughts must be made right, before the actions of the life can be set right. It is easy to commit to memory the seemly prayer of an ancient penitent, Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. I want to show you what it is so you can seek after it! You will observe that the Psalmist begins with his principles: his desire is to have these tried by a competent judge, and to have every thing that is evil removed from them.
Search me, O God, and know my heart, Try me, and know my thoughts, Instead, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts. Still, whatever his attainment, every child of God will desire, at any sacrifice, to know his own exact state before God; for, as he desires in all things to have a mind conformed to the mind of God, so he is especially jealous lest he should, by any means, be taking a different view, or estimate, of his own soul from that which God sees it. This man desires to have his inmost soul searched and proved by the Lord. Look me through, and through, and tell me what thou thinkest of me. But outside, too, was a laver where cleansing took place. Search me, O God, and knowe my heart: trie mee, and knowe my thoughts: - King James Version 1611 - Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; - New American Standard Version 1995 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts; - American Standard Version 1901 O God, let the secrets of my heart be uncovered, and let my wandering thoughts be tested: - Basic English Bible Search me, O God, and know my heart; prove me, and know my thoughts; - Darby Bible Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: - Webster's Bible Search me, God, and know my heart.
And this had evidently been reached by the Psalmist, for he pleads very earnestly with God that he would leave no recess of his spirit unexplored, that he would bring the heart and all its thoughts, the life and all its ways, under a most searching examination, so that no form and no degree of evil might fail to be detected. He asks the most careful scrutiny of his affections and thoughts , or motives. This is exactly what a person with a tender heart toward God ought to do. When God convicted David of wrong doing, David repented, asking God to have mercy on him. See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path! Hypocrites and dissemblers may be found attending on God's ordinances; but it is a good sign of sincerity, if we attend upon them, as the psalmist here tells us he did, in the exercise of repentance and conscientious obedience.
The former is afraid of everything that has the show of religion in it, and would be thought engaged in many criminal gallantries and amours which he is not guilty of. Once we become aware of them, we need to deal with them, and it is David who sets an example of being proactive in this process. Multitudes of Christians today want a Blood covering - but not a cleansing! See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. Jesus said, Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. He found himself gold upon his own trial and yet he feared there might be some dross in him that he had not found; and now he would be retried that he might come forth purest gold.
Illustration: The merchant's measure may be wrong, but God's measure is just and right. Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. Pastor Jim Parisi March 2, 2003 It is possible to walk before the Lord with a perfect heart! That preaching pleases him best which is most searching and distinguishing: Heb 4:12. How can the blazing fire welcome the quenching water? When we do not get the full will of God on a matter that seemed to be so good for God, we are making our thoughts and actions our own gods instead of making ourselves obedient to the perfect Will of God Almighty. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.