Psalms 26:1-2 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
David asked the LORD to do 4 things: judge him, examine him, prove him, and try him. When was the last time we as believers asked God to do these four things to us? In this idolatrous generation that we are living in, which we are more afraid of a man than the Almighty, it would scare the pants off of the “typical Christian”. We are happy in our sin and mediocre “Christian” lives.
To be Christian is to be Christ-like. How can we be that if we are unwilling to get with God on a personal level so that we can allow the Holy Spirit to show us who we really are. The hymn we sing is , Nothing Between My Soul and the Savior, David truly could sing and mean it. Many times I believe we today cannot. We try to hide too much. Thinking, foolishly, maybe He won’t find out.
David truly wanted to follow after God’s heart. We are given many, many examples of this throughout the scripture. In order to do that he had to be willing to know what God really thought about him, and the only way to know is to ask, and ask he did. In essence David asked the LORD to pronounce sentence upon him according to his walk with Him. Then what he asked next brings a holy fear upon every believer of the awesomeness of the Almighty. He asked him to question him, and test his worthiness and virtuosity and then to separate him based on the results of the examination.
This is a very humbling thing and something that should not be taken lightly. If you wonder why you are stagnant in your walk with God maybe you are not walking with Him at all. Amos 3:3. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? If you cannot be honest with yourself and see you as God does you cannot walk together.
There are only two ways we can communicate with God to find out about ourselves, and that is through prayer, James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. and bible study. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (Notice that the way to get God’s approval is through study.)
In seeking God’s fellowship (laboring together) remember that he may show you some things about you that will hurt. But it is for our own good and growth, Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. and the same Word that will wound you will also wash those wounds. Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.