“The Process of Surrender”
March 12, 2019
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
“Surrender is not an event, it is a process we are called to.” – Pastor Kent Munsey
David in Psalm 139 identifies this process of surrender as a continual choice of allowing God to search our hearts, test our thoughts, see if there are ways in us that are not in-line with who God is and to lead us in the way everlasting.
It is a simple and yet challenging concept. It is simple in that the directions are not hard to understand. We are called to open up our hearts and minds to Jesus, allowing Him to have all of us and to lead us. The challenge is not in knowing what to do, it is choosing to continue to do it. The choice to join the process of surrender.
To help understand this idea, we can actually look at Psalm 139 in its entirety. This Psalm is often read and quoted because of the beautiful imagery and descriptive prose. David spends the first part of this Psalm talking about how amazing God is talking of his grander and majesty. He continues describing the grace and love of God, and the purpose and plan He has for our lives. Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! (vs. 14 TPT)
David had a head knowledge of who God was, and the He was in control and that He was worthy of our surrender. And yet in verses 19-22 David declares that he is struggling with how God is handling the enemies in his life. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! (vs. 19 NIV) It is after David lays out his struggle that we read the verses highlighted above in verse 23 and 24. David had surrendered to who God was, had made the choice to follow God and yet in the midst of life he was overcome by his desire to see things done his way. It is in these moments, and so many more that we are challenged to utter the same words David did.
God I surrender to you. Would you search my heart, test my thoughts, guide me and lead me on the path you have called me to. I surrender, it is not just a knowledge thing it’s a heart thing. I am choosing in all situations to give you access to my head and my heart. I want all that you have for me.
- Pray that you would first understand the goodness and glory of God
- Pray Psalm 139:22-23 over your life, asking God to search and to seek
- Allow God access to identify places in need of surrender. Both the good and the bad.