Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 126
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please go to this video link to hear Keith Green leading in the singing of Create In Me A Clean Heart, singing the words of David in Psalm 51 as King David, with a repentant spirit, prayed in song for God to clean his heart so that he could be restored in spirit to the joy of his salvation.
Highlight Passage – NKJV: Proverbs 4: 23 [NKJV] …
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: Proverbs 4: 20-27 [NKJV] … Go to this link … http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+4%3A20-27&version=NKJV
Reference Passages #1: Psalms 51: 10 [NKJV] …
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Reference Passages #2: Proverbs 23: 7a [NKJV] …
7 So, as he [i.e., any person] thinks, in his heart, so is he …
Reference Passages #3: Matthew 5: 8 [NKJV] …
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Reference Passages #4: Titus 1: 15 [NKJV] …
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
My Journal for Today: Today the Our Daily Bread devotional entry reminded me of the incredible function of the human heart as a biological organ, pumping blood, often for decades, through our veins and arteries to sustain life. But the blog also reminded me of the concept of the spiritual “heart” in the Bible, where , according to ODB, “ … the word heart represents the center of our emotions, thinking, and reasoning. It is the ‘command center’ of our life.”
Certainly we know that when the physical heart is treated poorly for long periods of time, such as with improper diet or lack of exercise, bad things can result such as a heart attack. And if we choose to mistreat our spiritual “heart” with unGodly thoughts our choices, our spirits will be impacted, often with very bad outcomes.
King David, though he had “a heart for God,” chose to mistreat his spiritual “heart” with the episode involving Bathsheba and the cover-up killing of her husband, Uriah; and about a year later, David had to go through a repentant cleansing of his spirit so that God would restore a right spirit within the king (see the Psalm 51 passage). And we know that David’s son, Solomon, in the first nine chapters of Proverbs, writes warnings his son and for all believers to protect their “hearts” (or spirits) so that they would retain a right relationship with God (see the Proverbs 4 passages, linked above). And Jesus, Himself, pronounced God’s blessing on all who maintain the purity of our “hearts;” for it is one who does this who will see God [see Matthew 5: 8].
Again Solomon and the Apostle Paul (see Proverbs 23: 7 and Titus 1: 15 above) exhort all believers to do all we can to retain the purity of our spiritual hearts, knowing that when/if we do this, we can retain a pure relationship with our Lord. However, the opposite is most certainly true; … when/if we allow our “hearts” to be defiled by unGodly choices and habits, the results will be deathly.
We know it, don’t we? But do we live with and for a pure heart? Will we today?
My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me to keep my “heart” pure … for You! … Amen
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