In Psalm 17:3 David proclaims his innocence before God: “You have tried my heart; You have visited me by night; You have tested me and You find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.” David (or perhaps as is so often the case in Psalms, the Messiah, the ultimate “Son of David” whom he represents) is confident that he is blameless when God examines him. Can we say the same thing?
David said “You have tried my heart … You have tested me and find nothing.” Are you confident that if God were to visit you by night, and test your heart, that He would find NOTHING that would condemn you? Most of us would shudder at such a thought! Who could pass such a test? “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”!
The knowledge that we would fail such an examination surely casts us all on the grace of God. But if we will admit our failure, and call on Him, the Bible says there is indeed grace to be found! Another Psalm (32) says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!” Through Jesus Christ, our sins can be “forgiven”, and “covered.” II Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
If by faith we come to be “in Christ”, then when God examines us He will see nothing but “the righteousness of God”. And we can be as bold as David, and proclaim: “You have tested me and You find nothing!”