1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
2 Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.
4 I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;
5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.
6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD,
7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.
If your heart were to be tested today, where would it stand? At the end of the day can you proclaim the words of the psalmist in this passage? Could you say that you are leading a blameless life and that you are continually trusting in the Lord without wavering? I must admit that I may fall short in some of these areas, but I am striving to get an A on my heart examination! When we have been tested, tried and examined (v. 2) what grade will the Lord give us?
For your love is ever before me and I walk continually in your truth (v.3) Do we always keep God’s love before us as a guide, as a path to follow so that we can walk in His truth? Are we careful of those we consort with, careful not to fellowship with those that are deceitful, hypocritical or wicked? Are our hands clean when we go before the altar of the Lord? Do our mouths proclaim praise and not nonsense?
These are tough questions and we should take the opportunity to examine ourselves. The blessing is that we know that even if we fall short in some of these areas, we serve a God that has already forgiven us and will continually shower us with His love in spite of ourselves! Even if we don’t get an A on our heart examination, God has already graded us on a curve – because He has factored in the sacrifice of His Son on our behalf!
Continue to strive for the A, but remember God has already graded on a curve through the blood of His Son!
c/Candie A. Price