TUESDAY 30TH MARCH, 2021 (HOLY TUESDAY)
THEME: EXAMINE YOURSELF
PASSAGE: PSALM 26:1-5
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.”
HYMN: MHB 353 (220.127.116.11.) – JUST as I am without one plea.
There is a saying that clear conscience fears no accusation. David’s conscience in Psalm 26:2 was so clear that he asked God to search his heart. This does not mean that he had not sinned before or that he was arrogant in his misdeeds. He rather had confessed and forsaken his sins trusting God’s cleansing power to have renewed his heart and thoughts. With the right spirit in him, he examined himself and begged God to recognize his innocence and recompense his accusers.
David’s action here is worthy of emulation, in the sense that we need to get rid of every atom of sin that besets us, especially in this Holy Week; confessing and forsaking them so that we can appear blameless before God and prove our accusers wrong.
When Satan asked the question: “Doth Job fear God for nought?” in Job 1:9, God already knew that Job “was perfect, upright and one that feared God and eschewed evil,” proving that God knows you inside out.
We need to jettison arrogance and hypocrisy and invite God to examine our hearts to avoid subsequent enslavement and lurking of sin therein. It is only when we examine ourselves regularly with the Word of God, in prayer, in love and supplication that our clear conscience can give us the boldness to correct others, win souls and worship God truly.
Self-examination overcomes self-righteousness and highlights the assurance of salvation. It acquaints us in understanding ourselves better and qualifies us to enjoy fellowship with Christ through the Holy Spirit. It enhances commitment and spiritual maturity, while the reverse disqualifies us in Christ.
Brethren, avoiding evil company and washing our hands in innocence will help us maintain a clear conscience in the presence of God. Examine yourself regularly.
PRAYER: Holy Father, sanctify my heart with Your Word and let my conscience be clean to do Your will at all times, in Jesus’ name.
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