DayBreaks for 03/16/12 – And Lead Me
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. – Psalm 139:23-24
Psalm 139 has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. It starts out inviting God to examine our hearts, goes into His infinite and total knowledge of everything about us. Then, it concludes with again asking him to know our hearts and our thoughts.
This morning during worship, we read together the verses above, and I’ve often thought about the parts which invite God to search my heart and to know it. Truth be told, I’m not sure I know my own heart all that well. I know at some level what I want to be true of my heart. Sadly, I seldom live up to what I want to be and do. All of which makes me wonder if I really know my heart at all. Therefore, it is wise for us to ask God to search our hearts…and then to point out to us what He finds there.
But the part of the verses that struck me this morning was the last phrase: “and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Do we want God to lead us along that pathway? Really? God won’t lead us unless we are willing to be led. We think of being led as a bad thing, implying that we aren’t capable of finding our own way or of getting to where we want to go. It seems to suggest that there is something deficient in us if we have to be lead. When it comes to our own wisdom and ability to successfully navigate a pathway from this temporal life to an everlasting life, aren’t those things true?
Are you willing to not be in charge, to put your hand in His and let Him lead you? If not, there is no way you will ever reach that everlasting and eternal home.
PRAYER: Lord, our vision is so limited, yet we think we see clearly the pathway of life. Give us humility that we can yield to Your lead in peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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