Search me, O God and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.Psalm 139:23-24
I was reminded this morning, as I revisited Psalm 139 as I often do, of God’s goodness and leadership and faithfulness to me. To us. I am also reminded of what revival is and where it must start.
Today we speak a lot of revival, but if I’m being honest with myself, I look around and want to see it in my loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, community, and the world around me. But in doing this I miss the one fact that hinders great revival in our day. Revival in me.
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.Psalm 119:107b
The following entry by Steve Hill in the “Revival Study Bible” addresses this perfectly:
Revival is all about the searchlight of God shining into the hidden recesses of our hearts.
David knew the value of the the depth to which God can search a heart. There a various degrees of searches we allow the Lord to perform. While two are basically worthless, the last reveals the hidden secrets of the heart and when completed, brings about true fulfillment.
The Surface Search. Some of us presume we can keep God from going any further than the surface of our hearts. Blind to our truly sinful state, we vainly present to God our “outward credentials.” The surface search is worthless because we know how to put on our “religious make-up.” While we shroud ourselves with creature comforts, God is grieving over the true condition of our hearts.
The Spot Search. The spot search is a little more intense. It simply means we have decided to “allow” God to inspect certain areas of our hearts but not all. Those who only submit to spot searching are those who fidget and squirm, eventually walking away when the Lord exposes the area of our greatest struggle. Remember the rich, young ruler? He was fine until the Lord put the light on his money.
A spot search allows God to shine His light on our foul mouth, when all the while it is our anger problem that is at the root. He is more concerned about the source of these words than the words themselves.
The Cellar Search. This is the search of which David was talking. This is the only search that can prepare the way for total cleansing and eternal fruit. Jesus wants to go into the “basement” of our lives. He wants access to the creaky, musty corners of our inner man. He wants to expose those things that have been hidden in darkness. Let Him discard those things that attract deadly bugs, spiders and snakes; He knows what He is looking for.
Yes, revival is all about the searchlight of God shining into the hidden recesses of our hearts.
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