Chapter-a-Day Psalm 139

The action list is full. 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. Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG)

Yesterday and today I'm attending a leadership conference. I posted a tweet at the morning break stating that the conference was only 25 percent over and my action list was now 125 percent full (btw, you can find me on Twitter: tomvanderwell). As I sat there through the session yesterday my pen was a blur of thoughts, ideas and things I was learning. To be honest, most of what I was learning was how far I have yet to grow as a leader in every area of my life. I felt like God did exactly what the verses above describe. He placed a huge magnifying glass over my heart and let me take a peek. I got a clear picture of what I'm about and I didn't like everything I saw.

I'm tired this morning. My wife and sat up late into the night discussing what I'd learned yesterday and determining some things I need to do differently. There were even some things she agree she needed to join with me in changing in her own walk. It made for a short night, but I think we'll look back and see that it was a worthwhile investment of our time.

Yesterday's chapter, Psalm 138, reminded me that God wasn't through with me. Today's chapter reminds me that God isn't the only agent involved in the process. God may help me examine where I've wandered on the path behind me, but I've got the responsibility to take that information and let Him change me, so that I can walk differently on the road ahead.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and brianandmia

2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 139”

  1. I think you nailed it on the head for all of us when you said we need to “let Him change” us. We do have a responsibility, but I think sometimes we take that as “I need to do this…” or “I need to do that…” what we need to do is “let God do” His work in our lives and not try to control it ourselves. What we are responsible to do is be obedient to His call in our lives.

  2. 1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
    I’m an open book to you;
    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
    Sometimes we feel like God doesn’t care or know what we are going through. This verse today reminds me that God knows what I am going to do before I do it. That’s humbling. I’m thankful that God cares enough for me to be involved in the minute details.

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