Tonight at the Lord’s table we talked about coming to Him with an unexamined heart and the risks of doing so. Some of the risks include focusing on temporal things (2 Cor. 4:16-18), a growing love for money or “stuff” (1 Tim. 6:8-12), being conformed to this world and having a wrong view of self (Romans 12:1-3) and having an evil, unbelieving heart (Heb. 3:10-13).
Charles, the elder who spoke tonight, encouraged us to be vigilant in examing our hearts by spending daily time in His word (Heb. 12:15) and in prayer, and humbly submitting to the Lord on a daily (I added hourly) basis.
Our prayer should be:
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there by any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
One of the songs we sang tonight was Cleanse Me by J. Edwin Orr, which is based on Psalm 139:23.
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there by some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word, and make me pure within.
Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passions, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord–in me abide.
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me.
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
God used the above Scripture and this song to encourage me tonight to be viligant in guarding my heart and to make sure that I am wholly His! I hope it will be an encouragement to you also.