Recently the Lord has been searching my heart and revealing aspects of it that are not in alignment with his will and way. This is shocking me a bit because I had what I thought was a good idea of who I am. What the Lord was revealing about my motives and thought pattern stumped me. But what it has done is to show me the truth of the scripture in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” This scripture highlights the deceptive nature of our hearts. It is desperately wicked and deceptive. Thank God for salvation because we can not trust our heart, and without Jesus, our propensity to do evil is great.
This scripture also allows me to see David through the lens of God. We all know about David. He committed adultery with a man’s wife. He tried to deceive the man by bringing him home from war to sleep with his wife. When Uriah didn’t do as was expected, David asked that he be placed at the front of the battle which is the most vulnerable part of the battle. This resulted in the death of Uriah. In this situation, David committed adultery and murder. It always boggled my mind that God referred to David as a man after his heart. You see, as humans we would judge David and call him murderer and adulterer for the rest of his life. God however saw his heart. David repented after Nathan the prophet highlighted his sin. His response to this is found in Psalm 51, a scripture many of us quote from time to time. This in no way means that God turned a blind eye to his sin. In fact David paid for that sin because the baby that was conceived through this act of adultery, died. What is interesting to note however, is that God knew who David was and his heart towards him. This is why he said David was a man after his heart. Can God say the same about us?
The Bible says man looks at the outward appearance, but God examines the heart 1st Samuel 16:7. God has a vantage point that man does not have, he is able to see motives and the heart of man. So when we ask God to search our hearts, he’s able to reveal things that we are sometimes ignorant of about ourselves. But, this searching is necessary. It allows us to be in the right standing with God and man. So go ahead and ask him to search your heart and know your thoughts and see if there are any wicked ways in you.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24