Psalm 139:23,24 (ALV- Andy Lee Version)
It’s one of my favorite psalms and one of my scripture prayers I pray quite often.
Yes, I struggle with worry at times and am constantly asking God to check my heart.
Psalm 139: 23,24 was the “Bite” for yesterday, and though I’m very familiar with this plea inked by David–a man after God’s own heart, I found a nugget yesterday that pierced mine, and I knew I had to share it.
But first, let me write down the NIV version.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there be any offensive way in me. and lead me in the way everlasting”
The nugget I found was the Hebrew word under the word “offensive”. Look at it’s meaning:
- Oseb- an idol; also pain (bodily or mental): -idol, sorrow, wicked.
When I read this definition it took my breath away. Surely bodily or mental pain or sorrow could not be the unthinkable. . . an idol. But I know too well how sorrow consumed me a few years ago. And I know how pain and sickness can become our identity.
I do not want to worship anything but Jesus. This idolatry is so sneaky. It’s almost not fair, right? But idolatry is anything that we allow to run our lives–our hearts. It doesn’t have to be a shiny statue. It’s anything that consumes our words, thoughts, time, actions. It can be a person we admire and hold onto her every word. It can be a dream that God Himself placed in our hearts. Good things can become idols.
But the idols must go.
We must choose today who we will serve.
How do we watch for these sneaky idols? Here are three steps:
- Pray Psalm 23-24. And then wait on His answer. (Prayer is a dialogue.)
- Listen to what you talk about regularly. (This doesn’t mean you can’t talk about your pain, but watch to see if your pain becomes the topic of all of your conversations.)
- Intentionally worship God/Jesus all through your day.
I must add my friends, God has given us His Holy Spirit who is the one who renews our minds and purifies our hearts so that Christ is king. The Kingdom of God in our lives is the ruler-ship of Christ in our hearts.
“Seek first the kingdom of God (the rule of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matther 6:33 addition mine).
Do you have an idol in your life or have you had one in the past? How did you tear it down and worship God alone?
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