Throughout Scripture the “heart” is used as the center of a person’s being. It describes the heart as the personality or inner life or character of a person 257 times. It states that the heart is the center of a person’s emotional state or consciousness 166 times. It presents the heart as the source of intellectual activities 204 times and this includes what we pay attention to or reflect on during our quiet moments or what makes sense to us as we consider the things that cross our paths or what enters our minds. It also speaks of the heart as the source that gives us purpose or direction in life 195 times.
We must never overlook the importance of “the heart.”
Certainly the author of Psalm 78 had this in mind. As he reflected on the trials and tragedies of the Israelites, he called attention to the fact that the preceding generations did not put their trust in God and forgot the gracious gifts He gave them. He encouraged them to obey God’s laws and not be like their forefathers.
And how were they to do this? What was his “prescription” for them? They were to have “hearts that were loyal to God and spirits that were faithful to Him.”
Wisely, this psalmist gave a warning to his listeners. And, thankfully, God passed it on to us in His Word.
Someone once said to me, “Larry, learn from what sin has done in the lives of others. If you do, you will be blessed of God and able to enjoy the best He has to offer.”
Surely this is the right moment for each of us to look deep within our “hearts” and be sure we are loyal to God.
Prayer: We are grateful, Father, for the warnings Your Word gives us. May we follow Your guidance each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 78:8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.