Morning devotion: Read Psalm 57
Psalms 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
Your heart, not the fleshly blood pumping one, but the heart that is the inner most sanctum of you and your soul, is the issue at hand.
The heart of a person is the seat of the will, emotion, character and thoughts. It is the heart of man that can be fooled and swayed and coerced. It is the heart that can be fixed as well. In the Bible, 762 verses speak of the heart and nearly all of them speak of the seat of man’s will rather than the fleshly one.
David exclaimed, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:” His heart was fixed on the Lord. His heart was settled, established, grounded on the Lord. Even in the midst of trial and persecution and troubles brought on by men who wanted him dead, he still had a fixed heart on the Lord.
In my ministry, I have heard people curse God, blame God, accuse God and hate God because they thought God wasn’t treating them right, or that God had caused their troubles. No, my friend, God ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts, He is a God of love and watch care. If anyone had reason to blame or accuse God David did. Yet, He had a fixed heart.
When we compare our hearts to the Word of God, what does it tell us, for it is the Word of God that speaks in the heart.
Deuteronomy 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
In Acts 8, there was an Ethiopian who was concerned about his soul and Philip spoke to him the Word of God.
Acts 8: 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
After he believed in Jesus he was baptized. It was the heart that was changed. He believed with all his heart.
Compare your heart with God’s word; what does it tell you? Do you curse, blame and hate God or do you love the Lord with all your heart?
1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
The choice is still yours,