Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart… (Psalm 24:3-4)
Jesus says it is “the pure in heart” who will see God (Matthew 5:8). But, as Jesus points out, our hearts are pretty messed up in impurity and hypocrisy: “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders” (Matthew 15:19). “The heart is more deceitful than all else,” says the Lord in Jeremiah 17:9, “and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Only God can purify a heart.
The heart is one’s inner person, the center of personality, of intentions and will. Your heart is what makes you uniquely you. Your heart is who you are. That is why Solomon warns, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
God took the kingdom of Israel away from King Saul because of Saul’s heart problems. And God gave it to David, not because he was younger, smarter, or stronger, but because the Lord “sought out for Himself a man after His own heart.”
Today, if you will, speak to God the way David speaks in the Psalms: “Search me, O God, and know my heart” (139:23); “Create in me a pure heart, O God” (51:10); “Let the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord” (19:14); “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast” (Psalm 57:7).
Paul tells us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. Have you ever dedicated your heart to Him? Now would be a great time to do it.