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Search Me – July 30, 2011

July 30, 2011

The following is my Bible Reading Plan.  I am providing it in hopes that it will encourage you to start one of your own. 

BIBLE READING PLAN:    Psalm 135-142

MEDITATION VERSE:   “Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thought! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139:23-24

THOUGHTS:

  • Our desire should be not to grieve the Lord; the opposite of grieve is to please.  We should desire to please God because we love God.  I don’t want to grieve Raquel, not because I am afraid she is going to whack me but because I love her.  The same motivation should drive our desire not to grieve God.
  • It is possible to be grieving God and not know it.  That is why we need it shown to us.  I should want to be shown how I am grieving God so that I can stop because I love God.
  • Search my heart – what are my motivations; what am I loving the most?  I can have the right theology but the wrong heart and I will grieve God.
  • Know my thoughts – Am I thinking in a way that is correct?  I can have the right heart but be thinking wrongly and I will grieve God.  I can set my mind on the “things of man” (Mark  8:33) and be thinking as the world thinks.  My thoughts should reflect my setting my mind on the “things of God”.
  • Try me – Test me to see if my heart and mind produce good, God glorifying results; Do I respond to difficulties with a heart that loves God and a mind which is set upon the things of God?
  • Lead me – I need God to lead me / direct me / show me the way because my heart and mind have a tendency to reset to their default condition of loving myself and thinking about myself.

PRAYER:    Lord, please search my heart, examine my thoughts because I want to please you and bring glory to you name in all that I do, say, and think.  Lord create in me a new heart that desires to be led by you in the way everlasting.  Amen

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