Judge Me, O God
“Judge me, O God”
The lover of truth desires to know the truth. If we are to reveal Him who is truth personified, His very nature must reveal all that is untrue in the recesses of my own heart. There arises from within the desire for God to judge us so that we may know the truth and be made free.
“And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free”
Teachings and doctrines in themselves will never make an individual free, freedom is the fruit of truth and its power governing the reins of our heart.
“Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being…
Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean…”
The Gospel of forgiveness is only a portion of God’s great salvation. David desired more than just forgiveness, he desired God to cleanse him so that he might not sin against God’s holy ways. The life-changing power of forgiveness will be only as deep, vital, and effective as our apprehension of His truth. Too often we claim forgiveness but refuse to allow His truth to penetrate the deep places of our hearts. We want forgiveness so that we can insulate ourselves from our inherent need for His piercing and invasive searching of our hearts. We ask for forgiveness with little or no concern as to the inherent cause or root of our sins and ungodly conduct.
It is the insincere in heart who exempt themselves from this precious work of His Spirit. The searchlight of His truth is the means of our coming to a fuller salvation from ourselves.
“Judge me, O LORD;
for I have walked in mine integrity…”
Though he had carried himself with integrity (to the best of his knowledge) he cried out to God to have the final word. He did not trust his own estimation of himself. In his desire for truth, God’s truth, he dared not lean upon his own understanding. His hope for righteousness was in the God of truth continuously shining His light upon his heart.
It is the deceptive heart of man that takes the partial truths of God to keep us veiled from our own deep issues. We obscure our condition by claiming forgiveness while failing to acknowledge our own desperate need for God to deal with the root of our sin. David was called “a man after mine own heart” by God Himself. We read in the Psalms that David “acknowledged his transgressions and his sin”. He did not hide from seeing the evil within his own heart. We see in Psalm 139 of his pure desire for God to search out the depths of his own heart that he would know the “way everlasting”.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if any wicked way is in me; and lead me in the way everlasting”
It is in our willingness to be searched and judged by God that we discover the path to a life of confidence in Him. Elijah obeyed God and from that place of standing before Him (“as the Lord my God liveth… before whom I stand” 1 Kings 17:1), his word was clear and true, and all Israel knew that a prophet of God was in their midst.
The same Light which exposes our sin, our true condition, is the same Light that reveals the Lamb of God who is come to save us FROM our sin! In the wonder of this Light, we become a light to the world around us.
“in thy light shall we see light”
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