Saturday, 5 December, 2020
Topic: Search me, Guide me, Lead me, in the everlasting way, Oh Lord!
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Lucy Ling
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Dear brothers and sisters, our appearances do not reflect our hearts, nor are they consistent. People look at our appearances, while Jehovah looks at our hearts. Even if people’s words and actions are connected to their hearts, they are not completely consistent and unified, because people may lie and pretend. The real person is in the heart, where the person’s soul is, and the starting point of life. It is the root of the tree, the source of water. Proverbs 4:23 ” “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” A good tree bears good fruit, the spring of sweet water flows with sweet water, and the fruit of life comes from the heart, so God values people’s hearts.
Dear brothers and sisters, doesn’t God know our hearts? Why monitor and test? Proverbs 15:11 ” Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord, how much more do human hearts!?” Yes, God knows the hearts of the world, but God still has to look in details, because the hearts of humans are extremely deceitful, even towards God It may be dishonest, but people do not necessarily know and admit it, or even deceive their hearts. James 1:26 ” Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
There was a reason why God said David is a man after God’s heart. David’s ability to say this kind of prayer shows that his heart is completely open to God without reservation. More importantly, David was a man who is willing to be taught, to be reminded, and he is more willing to surrender himself before God.
Like David, we should ask God to monitor our hearts and know our thoughts. The purpose is to make our hearts clean and our thoughts acceptable to God. If our hearts are filthy or unrighteous, our thoughts are deceitful and evil, then we would only deserve a tragic end.
Dear brothers and sisters, everyone is to eat the fruit of their own thoughts. Even if this person does not act on it, the thoughts will be revealed before the Lord. This is a very serious matter. We are not only to be cautious in our words and deeds, but we must also restrain our hearts. We must not gather bad thoughts. To hate is to kill. Because the evil deeds deter the path of eternal life, we must plead with God to purify our hearts with truth through His Spirit to have a new heart.
Prayer: Dear Abba Father, we thank you and praise you. Oh God! Please monitor our hearts, know our hearts and minds, see if there is any evil in us, and guide us on the path to eternal life. You are an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God. We must obey You, and thank You, because You are by our side, supporting us and leading us with your mighty hands. Please protect us and let us know your power. This is your wonderful work. Please keep us, count your grace and mercy, and give you glory! Pray in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
亲爱的弟兄姊妹，我们的外貌和内心并不相同，也不一致，人是看外貌的，而耶和华是看内心的。就算人的言语和行为与内心是有联系的，但也不完全相合和统一，因为人可能会说谎和伪装，真正的人是在心里，就是那人的灵魂所在地，也是那人生命的出发点，就是那树的根，水的源头。箴言4：23 “你要保守你心，胜过保守一切。因为一生的果效，是由心发出。” 好树结好果，甘泉流甜水，人一生的果效是由心发出，所以神非常看重人的心。
亲爱的弟兄姊妹，难道神还不知道我们的心吗？为什么要监察又试炼呢？箴言15：11 “阴间和灭亡，尚且在耶和华眼前，何况世人的心呢？“ 是的，神是知道世人的心，但神仍要仔细寻找察看，因为人的心极其诡诈，连对神都可能不诚实，但人自己却不一定知道和承认，甚至反欺哄自己的心。雅各书 1：26 “若有人自以为虔诚，却不勒住他的舌头，反欺哄自己的心，这人的虔诚是虚的。”