“How bad do you want to be good?” he asked.
Confused, I asked, “What do you mean? Being bad to be good doesn’t make sense.”
“This has to do with motivation,” came the reply. “Do you really want to be ‘outstanding’ or be just like so many others who do things half-heartedly or just get by in life?” To be outstanding takes determination, and David was a man of determination.
He was determined to be the man God wanted him to be. He was not content to go about his daily activities without making sure that he was a “man after God’s own heart.” So he asked God to “Test my motives and search my heart.”
That must have taken a great amount of courage – especially after he demanded, “Declare me innocent, O Lord!” Imagine his boldness: “I have acted with integrity...I have trusted You without wavering...put me on trial and cross-examine me.”
Rarely do we hear of God’s judgment anymore. It is no longer a popular topic. Perhaps we have become so accustomed to God’s blessings that we have forgotten that there will be a day when we will stand before our Savior and give an account to Him of every deed – good or bad – that we have ever done. Let us never forget that.
While this took courage for David to ask God to examine him, he had no fear or apprehension. Why? Because he was “aware of God’s unfailing love” that far exceeds His judgment and certain punishment.
What a great example for each of us!
Prayer: Lord, search our hearts thoroughly. If there is any sin in our hearts, reveal it so we can ask for Your forgiveness so You can cleanse us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. Psalm 26:1-2
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