Our scripture this morning is Psalms 139:23-24.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

In this short passage the psalmist asks for God’s help in identifying and removing “anything in me that offends You.” It is a humble request for help in avoiding evil and living as God intends. Self searching is involved as well, partnering with God in keeping ourselves on “the path of everlasting life.”

The author speaks of his anxious thoughts, part of our human condition. We are often concerned about things over which we have no control. However, God is in control of everything and by giving up our issues to Him, we can be comforted and pointed in the right direction.

While there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, we can accept the forgiveness He offers us and follow the example of Jesus. We become right with God by confessing our failures and receiving His mercy. We are the workers in His world, sharing His love with all our brothers and sisters.

Loving Lord, we ask Your forgiveness for our sins and Your strength to lead lives that show our love for You. Bless us to go in Your name to all the world. Amen.

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