Re: Verse reading–1 Samuel 16:1-7; Psalm 139 (day one, week two of a new summer series)
“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”–1 Samuel 16:7.
It is a statement of fact. Not a threat or a promise. God looks at the heart. He IS looking, this very moment. “I am the Lord who searches the heart, who tests the inner depths to give to each person according to what he deserves.”—Jeremiah 17:10. “Able to discern the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:13. Does it give you the willies to think of it? I hope not. The infinitely holy One is also the infinitely merciful One. David came to a place where He welcomed the searching eye of the trustworthy One. He prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart.”—Psalm 139:23. He became voluntarily vulnerable. If God already knows my deepest secrets, why shouldn’t I be open and honest with Him? Only good will come from it.