My heart search in Psalms continues today with new aspects of our hearts and our heart attitudes towards God. God desires that we have a bold, trusting, seeking and contrite heart in our interactions/responses to Him.
God desires that we take a ‘No Fear’ stance in life that depends upon God and not ourselves. Psalm 112:7 “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
God desires that we are open to teaching and examination of our motives. Psalm 26:2 “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;” Psalm 139:23 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
God desires I have a seeking heart towards Him. Psalm 119:10 “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.” Psalm 22:26 “The afflicted (meek) shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever!”
God desires a repentant heart, one that is sorrowing over sin, which the Bible describes as contrite. Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” Isaiah also speaks of our need to have a contrite heart in Isaiah 57:15 ” The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.” God desires us to be repentant so He can restore and dwell with us. We have to come humbly before Him. Since living with Him is not just when we die, we need to deal with the sin]]c in our lives. God living with us is being indwelt by His Holy Spirit when Jesus enters our hearts and lives. Jesus gives cleansing of sin when we come before Him with a contrite heart and ask for forgiveness and restoration.
What is the temperature of your heart today? Are you trusting, open to teaching, seeking but most of all repentance? Would God describe your heart as contrite? Do you sorrow over your sins and desire to walk with Jesus each day? The opposite of each of the above would be one who is fearful, close-minded, rejecting, proud and arrogant over their sins. I pray that none of those describe your heart and that you seek to please God. Micah describes it this way: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
May that be the attitude of our hearts as we walk with Him today.