I stopped the verse because I wanted to emphasize the next part. Compromise is birthed through our unbridled wandering thoughts. The verse continued, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…”
I like to keep Hebrews 4:13 Amplified in my mind. I often use it when I am praying. It says, “…all things…” All means everything without exception. “…are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
The only way that we will know what blocks our wholeheartedness is to ask the Lord. If we are sincere and attentive, He will show us. He will also give us Scripture to renew our mind with. His truth changes our penchant (a strong or habitual liking for something) from carnal to spiritual.
God’s word brings a shovel of His truth. It will effectively uproot the lies that occupy real estate in our heart which is designed as an investment for His Kingdom work. Let us echo David’s words in Psalm 26:2. He asked, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.”
In another Psalm that he wrote, we find words we can use. Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” He was asking the Lord to give him singleness of heart.
Verse 12 says, “I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.” David’s prayers were all in. Scripture recorded what happened when he let his thoughts wander. He compromised and brought shame on the name of the Lord.