We are wary of viruses that might harm our computer. Our guards rise when someone asks to insert their USB Drive or when there is a file to download from a questionable email.
I realized this is the same with our life.
We are Software.
Our souls are the software and our bodies are the hardware. As much as we protect the hardware of our device, so should we invest in protecting our software. We clean, wipe and buy casing for the hardware and so with allot time cleaning our software or operating system.
The Hardware is our body. The OS is our soul or heart.
We Need Scanning.
There are times that my computer operates slow, so I would then use CCleaner. It would analyze and delete unnecessary files and operations. So should we in our souls. We have lots of thoughts and worries that are unnecessary and we should delete them. The Psalmist says,
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! (Psalm 139:23)
We Scan Regularly.
If I forget to scan, I would notice that I am running slow. Virus causes heaviness in the soul of computer, so is sin. A virus or malware steals your peace of mind, steals your resources and taxes you exceedingly.
A virus scan and a CCleaner scan shouldbe then be initiated. In our hearts, we have lots of baggages and sins to delete because they make our lives heavy. We have a lot of unnecessary stressors to relieve ourselves from that’s why we need to conduct and invest time on this.
How Can We Scan Our Hearts?
In the next verses, the Psalmist enumerates the ways for heart-scanning: (1) Acknowledge that He knows our every thoughts vv.1-3; (2) Recognize that He knows every words we said vv. 4-6; (3) We cannot escape from His Omnipresence vv.7-12; (4) He created us and mastered our anatomy vv.13-18. In other words, He knows everything in us.
Revealing Our Hearts to Him
Since He already knows, we cannot hide anything. So in verses 19-23, the Psalmist reveals to Him all his heart: his hatred, his passions, his thoughts, his abhorrence, his fears and his worries. This is the ultimate catharsis. We need Someone to share our innermost hearts. And He is the Ultimate Listener.
The first part of Westminster Catechism says, What is Prayer? Answer: “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will.” Like the Psalmist, prayer is not merely asking for supplies, but exhausting our loads.
“Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” is the plea of Peter. We need a Shoulder to lean on. We need a Carrier of burdens.
Isaiah 53 describes Christ:
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed….
He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth…
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin…
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Asking for a Testing and Redirection
The Psalmist then says, “Test me and lead me.”
After scanning for viruses or clutter, the software will then give us a list of malicious or harmful programs or processes. We are then given the option to quarantine or delete them at our risk.
We click the Button. Click yes, delete. Repentance and forgiveness was done inside. We click delete because we acknowledge they are harmful, and we want to get rid of them. On the other hand, He also deleted it and attributed that virus to His Son at the Cross, so we no longer be condemned.
And it is not just enough to delete, but to ask for leading. Redirection is the next step. “Lead me in the way everlasting” is acknowledging that if we’ll just stay on our old ways, they won’t last. But in His way there is permanence and stability.