Search Me, O God

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalm 139:23-24 NLT 

As I began preparing for this devotion I found myself wondering if I would impress you. “This is going to be the best devotion EVER”, I said to myself (in a humble bragging way, of course). Then I heard a still small voice asking, “What was my motive? Am I really trying to impress people with a devotion?” Sadly, the answer was “Yes” (pathetic, I know). I then began to go through the process of asking God to lead me along the path of everlasting life. Help me to focus on you Lord, and you my brother and sister, and not on me. The heart is wicked. Who really knows how bad it is (I mean, c’mon…look at Bill Scott and Jeff Scott and anyone with the name Scott. They’ve got ‘wicked’ written all over them)? Let me ask you a question…Can anyone be honest with God if they can’t be honest with themselves? What is the motive deep inside your heart? What is the motive that God knows? What is your selfish ambition? Is it leading you off the path? Is it causing discord in your world? Are you making this all about you? Do we truly trust that God has our best interest in mind? Can we humble ourselves and swallow our pride? Will you talk to your friends, co-workers, and peers and ask them to point out anything that they see as a concern in your life? Have you ever read a devotional with more questions than actual content?  Will you pray and ask God to truly search your heart, reveal your motives, and help you to have a heart like David’s – his heart of sincere humility, that we’ve read about in the Psalms?  Search me O’ God, and know my heart…

P.S. Did I impress you? #doh!

Art Garza
General Manager
STAR 93.3 WAKW Cincinnati


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