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Prayer for Divine Searching.pdf

Prayer for Divine Searching.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

In one of the psalms there is an intense
and deeply* earnest prayer for divine searching :
" Search me, O God, and know my heart : try
me, and know my thoughts : and see if there
be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the
way everlasting." If we make this prayer sin-
cerely, out of our heart, it will bring us into very
close quarters with God.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.

In one of the psalms there is an intense
and deeply* earnest prayer for divine searching :
" Search me, O God, and know my heart : try
me, and know my thoughts : and see if there
be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the
way everlasting." If we make this prayer sin-
cerely, out of our heart, it will bring us into very
close quarters with God.

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Prayer for Divine Searching.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.
Lord, many times I am aweary quiteOf my own self, my sin and vanity jYet be not thou, or I am lost outright,Weary of me.And hate against myself I often bear,And enter with myself in fierce debate jTake thou my part against myself, nor shareIn that just hate.Best friends might loathe us, if what things perverseWe know of our own selves they also knew jLord, Holy One ! if thou who knowest worse,Should loathe us, too !Archbishop Trench.In one of the psalms there is an intenseand deeply* earnest prayer for divine searching :" Search me, O God, and know my heart : tryme, and know my thoughts : and see if therebe any wicked way in me, and lead me in theway everlasting." If we make this prayer sin-cerely, out of our heart, it will bring us into veryclose quarters with God. It will open every226Prayer for Divine Searching
 
chamber, every corner, every nook and crannyof our life to the eye that is omniscient.It takes courage to pray this prayer. Not allmen can do it. Many people fear to look intotheir own heart. If by some divine flash wewere made to see ourselves as we are, all theevil that is in us, all the hideous things that lurk in the depths of our being, our faces wouldblanch into deathly paleness.It takes boldness to ask God to search one'sinner life and show one one's sins. It takeshonesty, too, to pray this prayer. It meansthat every wrong thing we find in our heart,under the calcium light of God's word andSpirit, we will give up and cast out. Somepeople do not want to find their sins, becausethey do not want to give them up. We cannotpray this prayer if we are not willing and eagerto have Christ save us from whatever evil way,whatever sinful habit, feeling, disposition, ortemper we discover in ourselves.There is another thing to mark in this prayer.We ask God to search us. An ancient, much-praised maxim was, " Know thyself." But noman can really know himself, in the depths of his being, unless God holds the lamp to shine inthe darkness. None but God can search us andshow us to ourselves.227Life's Byways and WaysidesThis is not a prayer that our neighbors may
 
search us. Men are willing enough, ofttimes,to judge their fellow-men, to expose their faults,and proclaim their sins. It is easier for mostof us to confess other people's sins than ourown. The Pharisee was quite free in searchingthe publican and declaring his wrong-doings,though he said nothing of his own. We mightfind those who would be willing to search usand point out our blemishes, but this is notwhat we are taught to do. Men's judgmentsare imperfect, sometimes uncharitable, even un- just. There are lives that go down under men'scondemnation whom love would save. At thebest, men are only very partial judges. Theycannot see our motives, and ofttimes they con-demn as wrong that which is noble and beauti-ful ; or they approve as right and praiseworthythat which before God is unworthy. It is notenough to ask men to search us and to try us.If they should approve and commend us theirapproval might be of no value to us.But there is One who is perfect in wisdom,love and righteousness, and whose judgmentsare unerring. We should always want to knowwhat he thinks of our acts, words and thoughts.Though all the world applaud what we do,and praise us without stint, if on his face there228Prayer for Divine Searchingis no mark of approval — if we see there theshadow of disapproval, what a mockery is men'sapplause ! If the world sneer, condemn andblame ; if men have only scorn and reproach ;and if meanwhile, turning our eyes toward the

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