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Self-examination should take place on the basis of God’s revelation of himself and the example he sets believers in Jesus Christ. It is especially important before confessing one’s sins.

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Because of Who He Is We Are Honest About Who We Are

Haggai 1:5 NKJV
Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
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1 Corinthians 11:28–29 NKJV
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
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Self-examination is not easy because of

Psalm 19:12–14 NKJV
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
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Psalm 26:2 NKJV
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.

Lamentations 3:40–42 NKJV
Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the Lord; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven. We have transgressed and rebelled; You have not pardoned.

Self-examination is especially important when ministering to others

Galatians 6:1 NKJV
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
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David comments upon the greatness of God in the three “omnis”—omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence.
I. HIS OMNISCIENCE (139:1–6): God knows all about us.
A. What we do (139:1–3)
B. What we think (139:2)
C. What we say (139:4–6)
II. HIS OMNIPRESENCE (139:7–12): God is always with us.
A. He is in heaven (139:7–8).
B. He is in the place of the dead (139:8) .
C. He can be found by the farthest oceans (139:9–10): God’s hand will guide and support us wherever we go.
D. He shines forth in the darkness (139:11–12): Darkness and light are the same to God.
III. HIS OMNIPOTENCE (139:13–24): God can do all things for us.
A. David’s review (139:13–18)
1. God creates and arranges our bodies within the womb (139:13–15): He knows us before we are born.
2. He schedules each day of our lives before we are born (139:16) .
3. He records our every day in his book (139:16) .
4. He thinks wonderful and innumerable thoughts about us constantly (139:17–18).
B. David’s request (139:19–24)
1. “O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!” (139:19–22)
2. “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (139:23–24): He wants God to test him and point out anything that offends him.
H. L. Willmington, The Outline Bible (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1999),
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