Psalm 5:11 – But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. (ESV)
I spend a lot of time on a computer. I work for a computer software company, and also communicate with many friends on the Internet. Because of this, I have several interesting tools on my computer. One is an anti-virus program which does a virus scan of all the files on my computer every couple of days, using virus-definition files to look for viruses and other nasty things which might be trying to harm my computer. Another is a program that also searches my files looking for spyware — little programs that have been installed while I was visiting a website and which send out those popup ads. Both let me know when they find something so I can remove the threat.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an anti-sin program that would search though our lives and our minds, and find all the hidden sins that are just sitting around waiting to do us harm? A program that would hunt out and destroy all those little voices which discourage us or tempt us would be so useful. In fact, we do have that. God has ways of protecting us from evil, and He will spread His protection over all of us — we just have to run the "anti-sin" program. The "sin-definition files" are contained in the Bible. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalm 119:11 KJV)
How do we run the program? When we come to God in prayer, He will send His Holy Spirit to run a "sin scan" and remove any evil which tries to find a home in our lives. We are called to have faith and to trust the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember that You are there to protect us from those things which can cause harm. Come into our lives, and search for the unhealthy things which prevent us from being all we can be. Remove them from our lives, and protect us so that we might better serve You. Amen.