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
As God searches our hearts, what might he find? Perhaps:
lack of self-control
As we find sin in our lives, we join David in crying out:
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
– Psalm 51:1-2
And the good news is that as we cry out for mercy, we find forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
– 1 John 1:9
All this is because of God’s amazing love for us:
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8
He died to pay for our sins so that we might be:
white as snow
saved from God’s righteous wrath
given new life
given hope of resurrection
and so much more!
At the end of John Newton’s life he said he remembered two things:
I am a great sinner,
and Christ is a great Savior.
As we consider these twin truths,
let us give thanks to God for his incredible love
that reached out to save us undeserving sinners
through the death of our Savior.