From Everyday Psalms
Sinners conceive trouble,
they are pregnant with wickedness,
they give birth to lies.
There is no greater physical connection between two human beings than that of a pregnant mother and her child. The psalmist uses this very potent metaphor to describe how what we bear in our spiritual “wombs” is what we will, ultimately, give birth to. It is a consistent theme of the scriptures: what is in our hearts is known only to God while it is there, but it will, eventually, be “born” in our actions. Today we might think of this image this way: if we were to get a spiritual sonogram, would it show a healthy child?
You see into my depths, O Lord.
Help me to search my life
so that it will be truly pleasing to you.
LIVING THE PRAYER
Today I will ask God to cleanse me, so my deeds will be filled with life and goodness.
Do I use the spiritual discipline, “examination of conscience,” or some other to scrutinize those parts of my life that need to be healthier? When is the last time I did some sort of spiritual examination?
THE NEW TESTAMENT SINGS
Likewise, your good deeds will be quite evident, while those that are not cannot be concealed.
(1 Timothy 5:25)