Taking The Test
Read Psalm Chapter 26
Ps 26:2 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.
There is no magical moment in time when we find that we have spiritually arrived. As long as we walk this earth, we will continue to grow in His love, grace, knowledge, and wisdom. The Psalmist knew this truth. His prayer in this passage was a plea to his Lord; asking Him to continually test, try, and examine him. That is a great lesson for all of us. Our walk with God must be undergoing never-ending scrutiny.
If we listen to the wisdom of the world, we will have no clue as to whether we are heading in the right direction. The world does not consider God’s word to have the final say in regard to right and wrong. Our government also does not feel the need to consult God’s word before acting. The Psalmist has something to say about that.
He says that he walks continually in God’s truth. Before anyone can walk in God’s truth, he must know where to find that source of information. There is only one reliable source – God’s word. So many Christians today tend to rely on how they feel in the “spirit.” If a man is grounded in the word of God, his ‘spirit’ will more often than not be aligned with the truth. But is a man doesn’t know the bible, and isn’t consistently studying, learning, and meditating on the word, it is easy for him to be deceived by feelings and false spirits.
2Co 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
God gave us His word so that we will have a way to test, try, and examine our ways. And as we study it, His Spirit has the opportunity to pour wisdom and truth into our minds and hearts.
There’s one other thought from today’s main scripture passage. The Psalmist says, “Your love is ever before me.” How does the writer know that? Is it because he looked around himself and saw evidence of God’s love? Maybe and maybe not. There were times in his life when evidence of God’s love surrounded him, and there were times when he could not see God’s hand upon him. Suppose a man looks around him and can’t see physical evidence of God’s love? Can he also say, “Your love is ever before me?” Yes, he can. God’s word is filled with assurance of God’s love. We cannot read for long before we see a verse which assures us that His love surrounds us now and forever. From scripture, we too gain comfort in knowing that His love is ever before us.
Prayer: Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and mind. Never let me stray away from Your truth. And thank You, for Your love, for it is ever before me.