Week 28 Word: Pure of Heart
Week 28 Text: Psalm 139:23-24
Written By: Andrea Ferrell
“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!”
(Psalm 139:23-24 ESV)
If you have never read the 139th chapter of the book of Psalms, I’m just going to say, stop right here and read it. Actually, even if you have read it before, even 100 times, stop and read it again:
Good stuff, right?
It’s a beautifully written psalm that reminds us that God intentionally formed you and me. He knew all about you before your mother even knew you existed in her womb. He knows the words that will come out of your mouth before you do. He knows your thoughts before you do. It is the God of the universe we are talking about here. The God who created the world, destroyed the world (sparing Noah and his family), destroyed entire armies, restored entire people groups and took away the sins of the world by the sacrifice of His one and only Son. That is the God who knows EVERYTHING about you.
Wait a minute—that is the God who knows everything about you. EVERYTHING.
Let’s be honest. I am not so sure I always want “that God” searching my thoughts and my heart.
Sometimes, like the psalmist says in verses 7-12, I would rather hide my heart and my thoughts from Him. The last thing in the world I want is for “that God” to know THAT thought. What was the psalmist thinking by asking the all-powerful, almighty God to search his heart!?!? Did he seriously want God to know it all?
Well, sorry friend. Hiding is not an option. Even that thought, that really ugly, nasty thought? God knows. He knows it all. And you know what?
He is still crazy in love with you. So crazy in love with you that He would leave the 99 righteous thoughts (or deeds or feelings or words said) to seek out and heal the 1 sinful one in you. God has no greater joy than turning sin into repentance. This is truth; the Bible says so!
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7 ESV)
So, the key to having a pure heart? Let God in. He knows anyway, but…He is a gentleman. He waits for your invitation. (P.S. the invitation is just turning away from sin and toward Him. Remember the prodigal son? The Father RAN to the sinful son to forgive him his debt!) And when He finds that grievous way in you, He will be gentle with it. He is slow to anger, and His love is unconditional, unbounded, uncontainable. His greatest joy is to lead you into the way everlasting. This is the way God loves: the best way—the pure of heart way.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!”
1. It may seem elementary to entertain this thought, but are you trying to hide something from God? Be honest.
2. Do you want a pure heart, or would you rather keep a “grievous” way? (I.e., holding a grudge, a prejudice, bitterness, even a guilty pleasure that doesn’t please Him.)
3. Take a moment, close your eyes, open your hands (palms up), and repent. Let God in; let Him search out your grievous ways, so: 1) there is a rejoicing in Heaven, and 2) He can lead you in the way everlasting.