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Devotional: August 1st
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. Psalms 26:3. Search me, O God, and know my heart, and see if there he any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting, Psalms 139:23-24.
Would David, the man after God’s own heart, not trust himself, but present his heart to the Lord, to be tried; much less can or ought we trust our hearts, for he that trusts in his heart," says the wise man, is a fool." Proverbs 28:26. We have more reason to be afraid of our own hearts, as Luther observes, than of all other enemies. Have we so much reason to be jealous of our own hearts, and are we so much in the dark often times with regard to the time, the circumstances, and even the reality of our conversion; how careful ought we to be in judging of others? This is assuming the office of the Searcher of hearts, censuring the Holy Spirit, and modelling every thing to one manner of working. By experience we find, that it is not with one as another. Some may be worked upon in a quite different manner from what we have been, and such are perhaps the changes even in one hour, that the end may seem to be no more than the beginning, though all goes regular in the sight of God. This should check our judgment of others, and make us cautious in advising and directing them in matters which concern their souls.
Doth secret mischief lurk within?
Do I indulge some unknown sin?
O turn my feet whenever I stray,
And lead me in the perfect way.
the Week of Proper 13 / Ordinary 18
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