“O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart” Psalm 15:1-2
The characteristic that strikes me this morning is “He who…speaks truth in his heart.” I want truth to be spoken in my heart. Not words of doubt. Not cynicism. Not irritation or criticism or impurity. Truth. Truth that sets us free because it opens our eyes to the reality that God is here, that He sees us and knows us and cares, and that He is in control of everything and is working in our lives.
I read a blog the other day posted by Beth Moore. She was writing specifically to those in their 20’s, as well as calling those who are no longer in that life-stage to pray for them (you can read the whole post here). Beth focused on the importance of maintaining a heart that is passionate about Christ, completely sold-out in love with Him, and that it is possible but we will have to fight for it. Because as life goes on, we can get cynical and guarded very easily. So we have to fight for love.
She looked at a couple of passages, and I love how she linked them. The first was Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” The second was Exodus 34:5-7, “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love…” She focused in on the word “maintaining,” and said that it’s a form of the same Hebrew term used in Proverbs 4:23 for “guarding” our hearts. So guarding our heart isn’t just a defensive posture, raising up a wall to make sure the wrong things don’t get in and we don’t get hurt. It’s an action we take to maintain purity, to maintain a willingness and eagerness to love and serve and reach the world for Christ. We actively maintain a heart that is tender toward God. He is actively maintaining His love toward us, each moment, and we are called to reflect that work by maintaining our love toward Him and those He has placed around us.
I think speaking truth in our heart is a large part of this. Because so often I find myself having to speak truth to my heart, reminding myself of what God’s Word says. Because His Word is the sum of all truth (Psalm 119:160). Our world is full of lies and deceptions. There are many reasons to become bitter and cynical. But let us cling to truth. Let us cling to that which is good and right and pure and excellent. Let us cling to Christ and give Him everything that we have, choosing to take Him at His Word. Because He will be faithful. He will strengthen us as we choose to walk with Him. And He is so immeasurably worthy of our surrender.