Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.
I. EXPLAIN MEANING OF TEXT. It is to ponder the matter over with ourselves. The wicked love not to do this. Note the place — your bed; the time — at night, when all is still. It is well to examine our actions, but best, the heart. Ask of it such questions as these:
1. Does it choose and follow after these things which conscience tells me to be right?
2. Is my conscience instructed and informed by the Word of God?
3. Have any of, or all of, my pursuits ever yet afforded me satisfaction?
4. Will the course I an, in do to die with?
5. If I should die in an unconverted state, can I endure the wrath of an offended God?
II. ENFORCE ITS EXHORTATION. Because —
1. There are things you have doubted, but which, if you would commune with your own heart, you would find to be true.
2. Things which you have objected to, which you would see to be unobjectionable.
3. One reason why you know so little of your heart sins is that you commune with it so little.
4. There are things which you value much which you would see to be worthless.
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