Pearls of the Kingdom 2/22/2023
Having recently experienced a heart attack I have come to understand that Doctors are very limited in what they can see with their natural eyes. They rely on the advancements in medicine to help them look inside the heart. Once they have looked at the results of those tests, looked at what is “not working right” in the heart they can determine a path of treatment. I am thankful for those advancements in medicine, as they were important in my surviving a heart attack. I now follow a prescribed treatment plan that is key to my full recovery.
Having a Cardiologist is key to the treatment of the natural heart, but what does one do when it comes to the condition of the “spiritual” heart? We do not have to look far as the Psalmist has given us some insight. Consider these scriptures verses with me today:
Ps 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
Ps 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.”
Ps 26:2 “Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.”
Ps 69:10 “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver.”
Ps 17:3 “You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say.”
Ps 139:1 “O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.”
Ps 44:21 “would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?”
There is so much we can look at in regards to the spiritual heart but I wanted to get right to the heart of the matter and that being the condition of the heart, my heart, your heart. I sense a season of Gods grace in this area. Not that Gods grace only happens at specific times or season but there is “season” of His grace in this area around the “condition of the spiritual heart.” I believe I can speak to this, as I know God is working on my heart. I must also believe that if He is working in my life, revealing my hearts condition that just maybe there are one or two others out there experiencing the same. This is a good thing that God is doing.
Interesting thought is that David did not say, “Fix my heart,” “Restore my heart back to where it was,” But create in me a clean heart.” Something about that word, “create.” For me it speaks to a divine work that is done only by God. I can’t “create” a clean heart, but the one who created the heavens and earth can.
Jer 32:39 “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them.”
Ezek 11:19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Jer 24:7 “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”
Deut 30:6 “The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”
Will you join me in this season and make these prayers of David a personal prayer, I sense having a clean heart starts with prayer to God:
“Know my heart God, search my heart, even to the deepest parts, try me, test me, examine me, reveal to me, make known to me by the Holy Spirit, your test results that I may know where I have missed the mark, that I may repent and now create in me an undivided heart, clean heart, pure heart, a heart that seeks to know you and renew a right Spirit in me.”