Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Devotional: This prayer is our best defense against hypocrisy in our lives. It was penned by King David, who is described as a man after God’s own heart. But David, just like you and me, struggled with hypocrisy. He lusted after a married woman, committed adultery with her, and had her husband killed.
Yet David knew the power of God’s love and forgiveness. He penned one of the most beautiful prayers of repentance in Psalm 51. One that reminds you and me that there is grace and mercy for all who are willing to be laid bare before God.
In today’s passage, he shows us we can keep ourselves from hypocrisy through this prayer of self-examination. God knows your heart better than you do. It’s easy to develop blind spots and to be in denial about our own sin. But, if you are willing, God will reveal those offenses to you that you might confess them before Him.
- Take time to prayer this Scripture each day for a week. And make it a practice to invite God’s Spirit into your reflection, that He may reveal your offenses and cleanse you from all unrighteousness as you confess them to Him.