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Spiritually Speaking

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He searches our heart, we search the scripture

By Pearl Harper

 If you are a Christian and you love the Lord do you ever feel like searching your heart?

I am going to paraphrase Psalm 139 NIV, please read it in its entirety.

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.

You hem me in, behind and before you have laid your hand upon me such knowledge is too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from you spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; verses 23 and 24, “Search me, O God, you know my heart; search me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Jeremiah 17:10, “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins (mind), even to give to every man according to his ways, and according to the fruits of his doing.” I like to think that fruit mentioned here is the harvest that is reaped when Christ is shared.

When Jeremiah was confessing and asking for repentance for Zion in Lam. 3:40-41, he prayed, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.

Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” The prophet was telling men (and women) to search out their own faults and mend their ways.

If we could keep the humble heart and depend on God as David and Jeremiah, we could accomplish much in leading others to Christ. Do we Lament and pray for lost souls? Do we realize the consequences for those who die having never accepted  Christ?

David wrote so many wonderful Psalms, they encourage us and continually give us hope. His words encourage all generations. Do we share God’s love and mercy as David did? Has God been good to you? Have you thanked Him and shared the good news?

In Psalm 16:8, David wrote, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”

Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.”

Psalm 234:1, David wrote; “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

If we followed that instruction. We would always be sharing – if we continually praised him to others by our words.

How do we prepare ourselves to be faithful and prepared to share Christ. He told us in his own words in John 5:39; “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me.” We can’t go wrong sharing – if we search the Scriptures.

God Bless.