Struggles of the heart
Have you ever felt that some things are trying to take your heart? Do you feel sometimes that the cares of the world or other things are competing for your heart?
The Lord looks at the heart. The Lord requires an upright heart, and if you are wise you will do everything possible to ensure that your heart is right with God.
When you sin do you give excuses or do you genuinely repent with your whole heart?
Do you really want to love the Lord with all your heart as commanded in Matthew 22: 37 or are you allowing other things to take over?
Psalm 51 is a beautiful Psalm, Lets see the prayer of David :
1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Verse 6 says that the Lord desires truth in the inward parts. This is what we should pursue, truth within.
When we sin, we need to confess it (1 John 1:9 and renew the attitudes of our heart i.e., get it to align with the truth of Gods word. (see verse 10 above)
From this Psalm, David is saying in verse 16& 17 that if he could offer sacrifice instead he would but he knows what the Lord requires ‘ a broken and contrite heart’ The amplified version says (broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent) such, O God, You will not despise.
It is a sacrifice (Verse 17). A sacrifice is not always convenient. If are to follow the Lord fully, we have to give Him all of our heart.
I think it is safe to say that David made a decision to give his whole heart to the Lord and the Lord gave Him the grace to do so. David was a wise man, and he knew that the wise give their heart to the Lord and allow the truth of Gods word take root in their hearts.
Look at verse 17 again? David said, if l could offer burnt offerings l would but l know what you really want Lord my heart. There is the secret, David made the right choice so should we.
David was under the old covenant and was described as a man after Gods own heart, We are under the new covenant and have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts’ (Romans 5:5) so we can do it.
Lets look at these scriptures:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mark 12: 30
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Hebrews 10: 22
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
We are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart. If we want to experience more of the life of God in our lives we must give Him all of our hearts and allow the truth of Gods word to take root.
If anything else is competing for your heart, make a wise decision to give the Lord your struggles and above all give Him all of your heart.