Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Title: Search Me, O God and Know My Heart!
By: Ps Isaac Yim

Psalm 139:23-24 (ESV)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting!”

This Psalm is another famous prayer of David. If you notice, this prayer starts and ends with the same request to God

v1. O Lord, you have searched me and you have known me.
v23. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!

At a glance it is almost the same, but it is not. Back in verse 1, the purpose was to show how much interest God takes in David’s life. That is a wonderful, comforting truth. Now David is asking for something else. In verse 23, the purpose of the search was David asking God to reveal any hidden sins in his heart to him, “O God, search me and tell me the result”, and in verse 24. “See if there is any grievous or offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Over the next two weeks I will undergo two medical tests. The purpose is to find out the real situation of my heart and the functions of my other organs. I hope these medical experts will be able to reveal to me if anything is wrong, and then I can take any appropriate steps to correct whatever is wrong. My real reason for such tests is to make sure there are no hidden harmful things lurking inside me. If there is, I hope I can deal with them before it becomes harmful to my health and endanger my life. I know many may feel this is rather morbid.

Why did David pray a prayer like this? In this prayer, David uses four verbs,

  1. Search me (v23)
  2. Test or examine me (v23)
  3. Reveal to me (v24)
  4. Lead me (v24)

Oh, how much I hope all of us would take time to meet our Spiritual Specialist, the Holy Spirit. We need Him to help us to do a periodical thorough heart examination, to see if there is anything grieving or causing Him sorrow.

All sins are harmful. Somehow hidden sin seems to be less harmful, or at least many of us think so, but David knew that sin is like a disease, and if you catch it in its early stages it is much easier to take care of it. But the longer it remains undetected, the more damage it causes.

David asked God to test his heart and his thoughts. David did not ask God to examine his actions or words. He understood sinful actions are just symptoms. The real cause is beneath, which is the heart. All sin originates in the heart – not 70% nor 99.9% but 100%.

We need to ask God to reveal to us our wrong attitudes, wrong perspectives, wrong desires, wrong priorities and many other kinds of hard-to-detect hidden sins.

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” ((Matthew 15:19)

In effect, David is asking God to continuously search his heart of any self-will, rebellious attitude or any form of disobedience that lie hidden in his heart. Holiness is a life-long process.

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)

Prayer for today

Search me, O God. I know that my heart is not always pure and my ways are far from perfect. Search me, O God, for I need your purifying presence. Search me, O God, for I want you to set the course and lead me in the way everlasting!
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二,2020年7月7日
标题:神啊,求祢鉴察我
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄
诗篇139:23-24

“23 神啊,求祢鉴察我,知道我的心思;试炼我,知道我的意念。
24 看在我里面有什么恶行没有,引导我走永生的道路。”

这首诗篇是大卫著名的祷告之一。如果你注意,这个祷告的开始和结束都是对上帝的同一个请求:
耶和华啊,你已经鉴察我,认识我。(1节)
神啊,求祢鉴察我,知道我的心思;试炼我,知道我的意念。(23节)

这两节经文似乎一样,但事实并非如此。第1节的目的是要展示上帝看重大卫的生活。这是一件美丽欣慰事实。现在大卫请求另一件事。在第23节,鉴察的目的是让上帝揭示大卫内心隐藏的罪孽,“神啊,求祢鉴察我,告诉我祢鉴察的结果”,在第24节:“看在我里面有什么恶行没有,引导我走永生的道路。”

接下来的两周,我将接受两次的医疗测试。目的是要了解我心脏的真实状况和其他器官的功能状态。我希望这些医学专家能够向我透露我身体是否有问题,我因此能以采取适当的措施纠正任何问题。我进行这类测试的真正原因是确保我体内没有隐藏有害的物质。若有,我希望在这些有害体对我的健康造成伤害之前,我能把它们除掉。我晓得可能有些人会觉得我想多了或偏病态的。

为什么大卫会这样祷告?大卫在祷告中使用了四个动词,

  1. 监察我(23节)
  2. 试炼我(23节)
  3. 向我透露(24节)
  4. 引导我(24节)

哦,我多希望我们大家愿意多花时间与我们的属灵专家— 圣灵见面。我们需要祂帮我们定期做心脏检查,看在我们里面有什么令圣灵担忧的。

所有罪恶都是有害的。不知为何,隐藏的罪恶似乎没那么有害,或者至少我们当中很多人都这么认为,但大卫知道罪恶就像一种疾病,如果你在早期发现它,就更容易除掉它。如果不被发现的时间越长,造成的损害就越大。

大卫求上帝鉴察他的心和思想。大卫并没有求上帝鉴察他的行为或言语。他明白恶行只是症状。真正的原因在于内心。所有的罪恶都源于内心 — 不是70%或99.9%,而是100%。

我们需要上帝向我们揭示我们的不良态度、错误的观点、错误的渴望、错误的优先次序以及许多其他难以查验隐藏的罪恶。

因为从心里发出来的,有恶念、凶杀、奸淫、苟合、偷盗、妄证、谤讟。(马太15:19)

实际上,大卫请求上帝不断地鉴察他心中隐藏的任何自我意志,反叛态度或任何的不顺服。成圣是一个终身的过程。

总要趁着还有今日,天天彼此相劝,免得你们中间有人被罪迷惑,心里就刚硬了。(希伯来3:13)

今天的祷告

神啊,求祢鉴察我。我知道我的心不总是纯洁的,我的行事为人也远非完美。神啊,求祢鉴察我,我需要祢洁净我。神啊,鉴察我,求祢为我设定前方的路,引导我走永生的道路!

奉主耶稣的名求,阿门。

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