July 1

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!

And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!   Psalm 139:23-24

 

Great care is necessary lest we live in some way of sin.  This psalm is a meditation on the omniscience of God, or upon His perfect view and knowledge of everything, which the psalmist represents by that perfect knowledge which is God had of all his actions, thoughts, and words.

When the psalmist prays that God would search him to see if there was any wicked way in him, he cannot mean that He should search that He Himself might see or be informed, but that the psalmist might see and be informed.

We ought to be much concerned to know whether we do not live in a state of sin.  All unregenerate men live in sin.  We are born under the power and dominion of sin and are sold under sin; every unconverted sinner is a devoted servant to sin and Satan.  We should look upon it as the greatest importance to us to know in what state we are, whether we are not still in the gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity; whether we do not live in the sin of unbelief, and in the rejection of the Savior.  Those who entertain the opinion and hope of themselves that they are godly should take great care to see that their foundation is right.  Those who are in doubt should not give themselves rest until the matter is resolved.

Every unconverted person lives in a sinful way.  And hypocrites, who think themselves godly and make profession, are especially odious and abominable to God.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

 

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