by Linda Boyette
…God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed
among men is detestable in the sight of God
What began as a day of celebration actually points to a very sobering problem. The very ones who were praising Jesus, lauding Him as king while caught up in the frenzied crowd on Palm Sunday were seven days later yelling “crucify Him, we have no king but Caesar!” The twelve who followed him for three years soon were nowhere to be found. How often we, the professing church honor with our lips and service on Sunday only to proceed to walk in pride, slander, hatred, and even sexual immorality. How can this be?
Man had this problem way before Palm Sunday. Adam & Eve’s first choice to sin resulted in …every intent of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil continually…and He (God) was grieved in His heart (Genesis 6: 5, 6). God’s prophet declared the problem clearly in Jeremiah 17:9; The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? We must grasp the importance of the heart! For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, …envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man (Mark 7:21).
In Webster’s 1828 online dictionary, I found the English language definition of heart gives insight and significant correlation to the deep spiritual truths within God’s Word. The term heart derives from the Latin word cor, from which evolves the English word core (or named from motion and pulsation). Webster’s definition of heart is quite extensive, describing it as the inner part, the middle or interior of something, the seat of the affection, the seat of understanding and the seat of the will. It goes on to define heart with person, character and spirit, the secret thoughts, purposes, intentions and recesses and disposition of the mind. In other words (my synopsis), the heart is the core or center containing the essence from which all else functions.
We often read the Biblical account of David, the young shepherd boy who, having the desire to lift up Yahweh’s name, slew the mighty giant Goliath. Samuel said God chose David to be Israel’s king (before he killed the giant) solely because he was a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14; 16:7). For years, I have missed the “heart” of this statement. David’s desire in life was to possess within his inner core the very same essence that is like the core of God. Thus, every motive, motion and minute of his life was being given authority and power from the heart of God.
Then we see David in 2 Samuel 11. Often the sinful nature relishes in bringing up David’s sin with Bathsheba with an ulterior motive to excuse our own heart problem. God is revealing far more to us than just David’s failure. We must observe how this man after God’s own heart faced his sin transcribed in his prayer of Psalm 51. David understood his need for revival and he was also keenly aware of the problem deep down in his very core. If he was to have the precious fellowship with Yahweh he experienced in his youth, he knew he needed to possess more than past blessings of God, a noble desire and good works.
David did not excuse, blame another, nor continue in his transgressions. He called his actions for what they were- sin against God and he saw his problem for what it was, an unclean heart with the wrong spirit. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight (Psalm 51:4). Then with a broken spirit and humbled heart David sought the One Who Is Creator, Purifier, Giver and Restorer of eternal life! David did not request forgiveness. He got right to the core. Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit (Psalm 51:10-11).
I am so grateful for the written testimony of David. Isn’t it amazing that God sent revival and restoration to the cry of the Old Testament king. From within Their very core Father and Son had already declared man’s remedy; Behold The Lamb – slain before the foundation of the world. This is reason to celebrate Palm Sunday!
Oh Beloved Jesus, by Your grace and mercy may all in the _________________ family respond as David. May each one see their need, know their heart and seek You, Jesus, The One Who has paid the price to renew the right Spirit, be restored in Your presence and recreate a heart with a core just like the Father’s ~ Calvary Love~
Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.
John 17:26 NLT
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