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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Wow of Honesty

Search me, 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 NIV)

Why does [David] ask God to search his thoughts? How does he show an awareness of his own limitations (vv. 23-24)? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 865).

One of today’s key psychological points of view is that we can be in a state of profound denial.  We have repressed a fact or truth to such an extent that it submerges even below our own consciousness.  I have personally experienced this and was only freed from it by a mental breakdown.  My condition had many facets, but let me detail just one of them.  I had for years SECRETLY wanted to be president.  I would have been mortified if anyone knew my secret.  Then came my mental breakdown and I told everyone who would listen that I was in the immediate future going to be president.  When I recovered from my breakdown, I found that I WAS STILL ACCEPTED AND LOVED by those who knew my now disclosed secret.  I even found that I was loved for having a worthy if quixotic dream.  This heretofore secret was only one contributor to my chronic anxiety and many others were addressed as well during my breakdown.  Since then, I have been enabled to be more truthful with myself and others.

Even so, David’s petition to God allows for a thorough examination by God of all conscious and unconscious matters and motives.  This humility before God is no doubt a key reason David was a man after God’s own heart.  We know that God himself is humble because only a humble being could possess his multifaceted and coruscating creativity.

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