This past Sunday my pastor was talking about the standard measure (The Word of God) when discerning spirits. Is it the spirit of God or is it the spirit of man? It reminded me of an older song by 4Him – “Measure of a Man”. I remember times when I found myself struggling with my identity and masculinity that I would listen to this song to help re-program my thinking toward the spirit of God and Biblical truth. Truths that rescued me from lies.
Interesting as I just listened and watched this I was intrigued and questioned some of the lyrics in particular; “Cause I’ve found out the measure of a man
God knows and understands, For He looks inside to the bottom of your heart
And what’s in the heart defines, The measure of a man”.
As I consider those words there is conviction. In honesty, in my heart there is sin; jealousy, envy, lust, selfishness, a critical spirit, impatience, and a whole lot more. I don’t measure up to good considering that. I consider what the Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9-10: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
While I am encouraged by the words of this song that the real measure of a man in not by what the world may use a standard, I am challenged by how my heart would measure up. I consider more of His word and pray…
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.