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Search Me, O God

The words to this song came from the pen of J. Edwin Orr when he visited New Zealand in 1936.  They have expressed my own longing for God to search me and know me, to cleanse me and fill me with His Spirit, and to use my life in His service.  The lyrics reflect the words of the psalmist, in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”  Read through the song and make it your own prayer to God the Father.  Be willing to be known by God and confess all of your sins to Him.  Choose to follow Him in Christ Jesus, whatever the cost.  (Note: the final verse in the original has “Holy Ghost” but we have changed this to “Jesus Christ” to better reflect New Testament practice.)

Search me, O God,
And know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior,
Know my thoughts, I pray.
See if there be
Some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin
And set me free.

God wants us to be open to Him and acknowledge all of our sin so that we might be cleansed (John 1:7, 9).  Ask Him to reveal sin to you that you have overlooked, but be prepared to repent and change your behavior as He does this!

I praise Thee, Lord,
For cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy Word,
And make me pure within.
Fill me with fire
Where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire
To magnify Thy Name.

As we are forgiven, we need to seek further purity and holiness before God.  We need to sincerely want to be used by the Lord whom we worship!

Lord, take my life,
And make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart
With Thy great love divine.
Take all my will,
My passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord
In me abide.

Although we do surrender at the point of conversion and salvation (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10), there is the need for a daily surrender of our will and life before Him.  All selfishness must be abandoned, and Jesus must be our very life (Colossians 3:4).

O Jesus Christ,
Revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival,
Start the work in me.
Thy Word declares
Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now,
O Lord, I humbly plead.

We are only prepared to serve God when we have fully yielded ourselves to the Lord, have committed ourselves to believe and do His will, and are willing to take up the cross of daily discipleship (Luke 9:23).  Let us make the thoughts of this song our own today!

Richard Hollerman