I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
// Psalm 16:8-9
Definition of the heart: mind, character, inner self, will, intention, center.
Everything God created has a purpose, and humanity is the prized possesion of all that He created. This is important for us to understand as we look at our hearts. The human heart was designed to be filled with adoration and love for God.
With God as the prized possesion of the human heart, the first humans walked with Him in total wholeness. They knew nothing but the perfect love of God; they were completely satisfied, without dis-ease, filled with constant peace. When humanity trusted the words of satan over the word of God our hearts went dark - not because of the presence of evil, but because of the absence of God.
Our hearts, the Scriptures show us in Genesis 6, without God became broken, deceived, filled with evil intent. Our hearts - or the center of who we are, our thoughts, intentions and our will - no longer had God present. The throne of our lives was now empty and we were looking for a new king to govern our lives, turning our backs on the one true King.
This was so damaging to our Heavenly Father that His heart was grieved, as Genesis 6 shows us. He regretted creating us. This is intense and powerful to grapple with.
It shows us how important we are to God, how much He loves us, how vital the issue of worship is for our hearts, and that we will never be right again until God is returned as the King of our hearts.
So I pray that what Jesus did on that Cross for you and for all of humanity would take on even more meaning this week, as we see what it cost Him to win back our hearts. Our search for life, freedom, fulfillment, joy, contentment, comfort, identity and worth is completed when the King who created us is on the throne of our hearts.
People say 'follow your heart', but this is weak advice; I would suggest that we follow Christ and let Him lead our hearts. Let us ask Jesus, the King of Kings, to lead us this week, rather than every other thing this world has to offer. I pray this week, as we fix our eyes on Jesus, that our hearts would again begin to beat with the love of God. May His grace strengthen us and His Spirit lead us to worship Jesus Christ.
// Josh Kelsey