Self-examination can be tough. Let’s face it, it’s much easier to ignore the nagging feeling that something is holding you back, rather than confronting it. But what if that feeling is God trying to get our attention? Psalm 139:23-24 states:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Although often uncomfortable, examination of our hearts leads to a pruning away of emotions and ambitions that can hinder our relationship with God.
This past week I asked myself a difficult, yet necessary question. If my heart had one song to sing, what would it be? Would it be a song of worship to the King? Or a song sung primarily to attract the attention of others? What about a song of admiration? In examining my own heart, I found that too often my heart’s song is one of worry. While it is perfectly okay for me to bring my worries to the foot of the cross, how much better would it be if I could boldly declare my song as one of thanksgiving and amazement! I want my life to proclaim God’s goodness through the way I express gratitude and praise. As you read this, ask God to examine your heart. What song is your heart singing?
“…be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20