Day Fifteen: Psalm – 139 – Guard Your Heart

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We now know that we need to ask Father God to create in ourselves a clean heart. But the Bible also tells us that we don’t know our own hearts.[1]  So how can we ask God to remove something we don’t know exists?

Let's go to the Father in prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come to you this morning, continuing to pursue a heart that pleases you. But I know that often I’m not aware of things lurking beneath the surface of my mind, will, and emotions. Teach me this morning how I can cooperate with your Holy Spirit in the process of presenting my heart for healing and wholeness.  Help me today to walk consistently before you with a clean heart. I ask this in the name and authority of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.

God called David a man after His own heart; think about that for a moment.  David, a man with a string of failures on his resume. And yet God called him a man after His heart. God did not identify David with his shortcomings, but rather with his pursuit. Meditate on that this morning. Allow it to free you to be transparent with God about your struggles. He’s not recording them, he’s removing them! Hold nothing back!

Psalm 139

For the choir director: A psalm of David. O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, 10 even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night - 12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! 19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! 20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. 21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? 22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. [2]

 

[1] Jeremiah 17:9-10

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 139). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

 

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