22 JUL

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS

Psalm 26:2

 
Remember rock band Delirious? They re-imagined what Psalm 139 might look like written in the twenty-first century. It starts like this, ‘Investigate my life and make me clean/ Shine upon the darkest place in me/ To you my life’s an open book/ So turn the page and take a look/ Upon the life you’ve made/Always, my days, I’ll praise’.
 
It’s a brave and daring song to marry outward gaze upon God with introspective gaze within the self. But isn’t that what our Christian walks should look like? Investigators probe and cross-examine every detail of a case that doesn’t match up. They scrutinize the facts, determined to expose corruption and get to the bottom of the truth.
 
When we invite the Holy Spirit to scrutinize us, He makes us aware of the stuff that doesn’t add up and the dirty secrets we’d like to keep dead and buried rise to the top. Confronted with our ghosts we have an option: To justify why we did it or to ask God to deal with it.
 
God doesn’t investigate like Colombo – He isn’t delving in order to get us put in the pen! He probes in order to cleanse us and help us find freedom. It may not be nice facing up to our sin but it certainly benefits us. Confession opens up forgiveness. And forgiveness sets a prisoner free: you.
 
What now?
 
Re-imagine your own Psalm 139, try and get the balance between gazing upon God in praise and gazing upon yourself in confession. Make your psalm so that it brings you release, not guilt. 

‘Cross-examine me, O Lord ...’ Psalm 26:2 TLB

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