Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking.
Don’t let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way that time has proven true.
There are times in our life with God when we need to look at ourselves more closely. We desire to become more like Jesus, but all too aware of our shortcomings, weaknesses and sinful patterns in our lives. This Psalm, written by David, invites God to examine us through the safe assurance of being beautifully and wonderfully made and unconditionally loved. This is a safe place to be honest before God and ask for the Holy Spirit to change us.
Reflect with God, in the knowledge of his unconditional love and grace, on an area of your life that needs his forgiveness and freedom. Confess your shortcomings and ask for his grace and love to strengthen you.
‘The world gets pretty tired of people who have Christian bumper stickers on their cars, Christians fish signs on their trunks, Christian books on their shelves, Christian stations on their radios, Christian jewellery round their necks, Christian videos for their kids, and Christian magazines for their coffee tables but don’t actually have the life of Jesus in their bones or the love of Jesus in their hearts.’ (John Ortberg)
Father, thank you, that no sin is too small to bring the conviction of heart that may lead us to repentance and more faithful living. Convict us of our smallest sins so we might learn to delight in your ways. Amen
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you: wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness: protect you from the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing: at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing: once again into our doors. (A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)