Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
Heart Conditions (Part 1)
God's #1 Priority
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 17:10 (NKJV)
He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My Own Heart, who will do all My will.'
Acts 13:22 (NKJV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)
The condition of our hearts is of utmost importance to God. He wants them large, whole and clean; soft, loving and lean. God wants our hearts to be passionately in love with Him. Why? Because He loves us the same way.
'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16). God loves us with an intimate, everlasting, bigger-than-life love.*
And if we don't love Him the same way, we will die.
As a boy, David was chosen to be king of Israel--based on the condition of his heart. He loved God simply and purely. Along the way David made mistakes: two big ones we know and probably others we don't.**
'Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me' (Psalm 51:5). God says our hearts are 'Deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked' (Jeremiah 17:9). So, what was David's solution? How did he remain a man after God's 'Own Heart'?
When David realized his sins, he repented and God forgave him. David opened his heart for surgery, and the Great Healer made him better than new.
'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' (Psalm 19:12-13).
Born from the bloodline of David was Jesus. The Heart Surgeon opened His practice to every willing soul who signed in by faith. His righteous right Hand performed miracles, and the Blood that was shed was His Own:
'The Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7). Nevertheless, we must remain mindful of our heart's condition: 'Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life' (Proverbs 4:23).
To Be Continued...
*Scriptures on God's love for us: http://www.doesgodloveme.com/scriptures-on-gods-love/
**David's sin(s) surrounding Bathsheba: http://seekinggoddaily.com/dd67.htm
David's other big sin (that God shares with us) was taking a prideful census of Israel: http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/davidcensus.shtml
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Heart Conditions series.