SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014.
SCRUTINIZE ME O LORD
‘Search me, O God and know my heart…’ Psalm 139v23.
The Psalmist would wish that God should scrutinize him and know the state of his heart. Possibly so that he will not offend Him at the end of the day. The heart is the engine room of both good and evil. Any child of God who wants to grow spiritually should continually examine his heart.
But Jeremiah says of the heart: ‘…is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?’ Jer. 17v9. It is only the maker that knows the heart, whether good or bad, genuine or not genuine. It implies that believers who desire earnestly to serve God should avoid deceit and a corrupt heart if their service will be meaningful to Him.
For Jesus: ‘blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God,’ Matt. 5v8. Which means purity of heart is very essential as through it, we can see God. Yes, we may not be outwardly attractive by the assessment of the world but inwardly, we may be rich because the things of God gladden our pure hearts. There is no guile whatsoever because our hearts are open in doing His work. What is the state of our heart as children of God?
King David in beckoning of God to scrutinize him particularly in relation to his heart, he was simply saying: ‘if there is any offensive way in me, search it out O God.’ He would not like to offend God the more remembering his circumstance in the past. He murdered Uriah by posting him to the war front and was a slave to his flesh when he committed adultery with Uriah’s wife. It is disgusting the way the Bible put it: ‘And it came to pass at eventide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her (for she was purified from her uncleanness); and she returned unto her house,’ 2 Samuel 11v2-4. His request of God’s scrutiny is to ensure that all vestiges of sin are totally kept at bay.
Today, people of God and by extension, the nation should borrow a leaf from this great king of Israel who called for a personal scrutiny in order to be closer to His maker. It is a call that goes with repentance and also has an attendant cleansing that accompany it. At this time, the Holy Spirit is involved in the self examination and helps in purging and cleansing of the sinner. Therefore, reviewing our relationship with God should be a regular activity.
If God searches us today, are we likely to pass His test? What are the incriminating things that may make us to fail the test? What are we doing about them? It therefore behooves the believer now to go to God in prayer and ask Him not only to scrutinize but to cleanse all unrighteousness. Yes, God is at work and He is very much with us. What we need do is to yield ourselves to Him after His magnifying lens.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.