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A PRAYER FOR HOLINESS – August 24

As the saying goes, “Talk is cheap.” It is so easy to say with David, “Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies.” But we do well to ask ourselves how true this is of us, bearing in mind what David had written, namely, that God knows our thoughts afar off, and that there is not a word in our tongue that He does not know altogether.

If we give that serious thought, we will also with David pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” Psalm 139:23, 24.

But since David already wrote that his life was as an open book to God, must God search to see whether there is any wicked way in him? Yes, but we must understand this in light of his last words in this verse. He prays that God will lead him in the way everlasting. He wants to be delivered from the way of sin that still is deep in his soul. He wants to be made holy and to love God perfectly with all his being.

Our Psalter versification states it thus:

Search me, O God, my heart discern,
Try me my inmost thought to learn;
And lead me, if in sin I stray,
To choose the everlasting way.

We label sins as little sins and big sins, and often defend what we call little sins. This is wrong. For then Adam’s eating of a piece of fruit hurt no man and was a little sin. Yet it was an act of hatred against God, and so great a sin that it brought death on the whole human race!

If we are sincere and want to be led in the way everlasting, we will want every sin in us to be rooted out com-pletely. This is then a prayer we should bring to God every day. It reveals a sincere love of God, and is not cheap talk. Sing these words of David, but sing them as a prayer that is sincere and from the bottom of your heart.

Read: Psalm 139

Psalter versification: 383:5

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Aug 24, 2018

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