A Matter of the Heart

Psalms 19:12-14Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Man’s need for acceptance will drive him to do some pretty drastic things. We often put on a show for people. Whether we become the clown or the life of the party; often, we will be disappointed. Even when we accomplish what we set out to do – be accepted – we are disappointed because the person that they are accepting isn’t real.

David comes to God in this Psalm utterly willing and open to being wholly transparent and wanting God to search out that which he, himself may not even know.

“…cleanse thou me from secret faults.”

Secret from whom? From his knowledge; from his consciousness; from his own ignorance.

When you and I can come to God holding nothing back, we can become closer than we could have ever imagined. Yet, we hold back – why?

Fear. Fear that God won’t like the ‘real’ person we know ourselves to be. There are a few things to consider:

Matthew 10:29-31Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Luke 5:22But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?”

Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jesus knows how many hairs are upon my head.

He knows the thoughts going roun in my brain – even before I speak them.

I cannot even know my own heart – it is utterly deceitful – above all things – and desperately wicked… I cannot even fathom what my heart can conjure.

Knowing that, we can come to God accepted, loved, protected and provided for. My every need is cared for.

Philippians 4:19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Believing the promise and living under the umbrella of His favor means that I can come to Him – no matter what I’ve done; knowing that the sin that has separated us has already been paid for and it is the relationship that needs to be restored.

Take this thought with you today:

Romans 8:37-39Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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