Cleaning Up My Motives

Sometimes I need to just sit, read, and re-read these words from David. As I read I pray, asking God to clean up my heart, including any improper motives I may have. I find it especially meaningful to read from these three translations.

Over the years I have found that it is a serious matter to ask God to identify problems in your heart and clean them up. Why? Because He always seems to answer those prayers and sometimes the results can be painful for a while. Painful, but in the long-run, well worth it.

Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Psalm 139:23-24 MSG
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.

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