This time last week we were at Liberty’s revival. A few weeks ago we were at Cedars. God is working, speaking to people’s hearts. In the time of Samuel, the word of God was called precious. Israel had an increase of enemies and the people weren’t living as they should. Israel felt like they were shrinking. The false prophets were plenty. The Word is precious. The condition of the church world today is because the Word has lost its preciousness to people. Attitude toward it tells the story. A majority of people will tell you they believe in God but the Word has lost its desire and preciousness.
Search me. Know me. This is the most important comment we can make to God. This is a challenge because when we ask God to do it, he does. He’s waiting for us to desire him to know us. If a visitor comes to your house, are you willing to show them your entire house? I’ve had people show me theirs but I could tell they had just cleaned it. We find ourselves wanting to keep God in the living room of our spiritual house and out of the other rooms. David asked the Lord to search him. He opened not only the living room of his heart but all the rooms so they could be cleaned out. That’s when revival comes.
Never be ashamed to let God know your heart. He is personal with us. He’s confidential. It’s not just about the outside; it’s about the inside. Revival starts in the small recesses of the heart.
Psalms 139: 1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
David knew that God already knew him. God knew what was in the basement and the attic of his heart. He understands us as a person. We’re each different from everyone else. He knows us on a first-name basis. We have a one-of-a-kind God. He designed us and gave us life. He saved us individually. He doesn’t give us blanket blessings. Revival won’t come until we yield to God’s searching. Our biggest sin is keeping some of our doors closed to God. If we want revival we need to open them all.
If we get acquainted with a person we get to know them. We’ve all gotten to know each other over the past 19 years. We’re not strangers anymore. I want it to be that way with God. He wants to be in our daily lives as in a house without doors. Don’t shut things up to God. He knows every word we utter. He knows what we say in our heart and mind. If it’s not what he wants, ask him to pin it so you can stop it. He’ll help us all. He’s not out to destroy us but to help us grow. To be happy we need to let God search and know us. He’s been behind us. He’s here now and whatever is coming he’ll be there. We need the hand of God upon us now and each day, not just during revival service times.
Revival is of the Lord provided we let him search and know us. The psalmist ends this chapter with these verses. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. They are a prayer and it should be ours as well.