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Judge Me, O God

“Judge me, O God”
Psalm 26:1

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”
John 8:32

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…”
Psalm 51:6-7

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.

David declares:

“Judge me, O LORD;
for I have walked in mine integrity…”
Psalm 126:1

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”
Psalm 139:23-24

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”
Psalm 36:9

See Related Post: Loving the Truth

Brian Troxel

10 Comments

  • BG says:

    Thanks for this! We are not saved just to have light but rather be light!

  • Gary Fultz says:

    Sometimes I pray “Lord help my heart to change into your likeness the first time and not the 10th when trials are meant for that purpose.”

    • Brian T. says:

      Yes, I am always amazed at the ongoing revelations of my own self, even in the smallest of circumstances… nothing but His Life in me can alleviate my wrongness. Mercy continually becomes more meaningful to me!

      Blessings
      BT

  • “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
    John 3:21

    “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
    1 John 1:7

    The closer we get the more we see, and it’s his favor that we can see it.

    “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
    Hebrews 9:14

    We shall be clean.

    God bless

  • Tim Denney says:

    You wrote: “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.”

    How true this is, and sadly how seemingly universal this experience among us today.

    Thanks for bringing this truth about the truth to light. This post is great needed and greatly appreciated.

    • Brian T. says:

      Hello Tim

      Thank you for the encouraging comments as they are always appreciated. The clear way of the Lord is not popular these days and more and more I am grateful for you and others I have met this past while through the various blogs and connections being made. May we hold each other up in prayer and in seeking Him may we feel the bonds of Him with each other.

      May He lead you, keep you and abound in you this coming year.

      Blessings
      BT

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