“Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; see for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong – then guide me on the road to eternal life.” Psalm 139.23,24
There are prayers that one, if serious, has a hard time imagining much less praying. This clearly has to be one of them. When you combine this request with an open dialogue with God about how he is everywhere, and about an intimate knowledge of one’s self, the scene is surrealistic; or is it?
I recognize that the combination of being totally honest, completely open, and topped with request for a detailed evaluation goes against every usual management and personal development technique. I know that we often find it difficult to be these three things with ourselves; I do not often imagine doing this with anyone else! Looking honestly at my self affects my view of me. Being completely open changes how I value myself. Asking for a fresh, serious, and detailed evaluation of what I am about will negate all my pretensions and images. This could be dangerous!
David did not exhibit these fears, uncertainties, or doubts. David boldly stated his confidence and request to God. How could he do this? David knew what God said about himself and his relationship to us.
God shaped us first inside, then out.
God knows exactly what we are thinking.
God knows we have, are, and will continue to be self-centered.
God took care of every barrier in His relationship with us.
God gets excited when we are with Him.
God is always with us, ready for the moments when we will turn towards him.
God never leaves.
God will shape us inside then out.
Being open is the first step. Knowing God’s unconditional loves provides the key to turning to Him. Giving God permission to develop a detailed roadmap for getting the most from life, now and eternally, is a second step.
Do this and hang on for the ride! Life will never be the same!