There were many situations in King David’s early years that proved to him how God could be trusted with David’s life, kingship and even his enemies. These were very important lessons that he learned and became extremely valuable in the later years of his life.
After David’s sin with Bathsheba and the death of her husband Uriah (2 Samuel 11 and 12), Nathan the prophet confronted David and brought him to true repentance before God. Some of the deepest lessons David learned in that experience were recorded in the Psalms he wrote. I am thinking of a special one.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23–24).
These verses express the degree of trust David had in God. He knew that his heart was the place where thoughts were manufactured and would later become actions. To give God permission to search his heart was a way of seeking divine help in stopping inner feelings or emotions from generating thoughts that eventually would become actions that dishonor God.
Have you given God that kind of ‘search warrant’? It is the best way to stop trends from becoming sinful habits and destroy intimacy with the Lord. Then ask God; “lead me in the way everlasting!” That way brings unlimited joy to your heart and eternal praise to God who cares about your life.
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