One of the main definitions of the word “authentic” is that something conforms to and correctly represents the original. It must include all the essential features and intentions of the original so that someone looking at the copy would think that it is the original. This makes it worthy of acceptance and inspires belief in what is stood for.
In Psalm 139:23-24, David makes a very important request of God. “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!” This request shows a wonderful openness in David’s heart to allow God to examine everything about him to make sure he conformed to the exact intent and purpose for which God made him.
The quest for authenticity begins in the heart. Often persons try to be accepted by good outward appearances, but that is the wrong place to begin. We must begin with the heart and motives, and then with our mind. Notice that David’s request is NOT for other people to examine him, but he invites God to “search” him. There are three things about this that we cannot overlook. First, is our trust in the Lord to do the searching. Second, we know that He will not overlook anything. Third, the process will lead to something in me that is far better; “the way everlasting!”
Are you willing for God to search you from the inside out? Though He may expose things that you wished were not there, you will be more thankful that they are removed and replaced with the Spirit’s work which is eternal.
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