Words from the Heart for Friday June 2nd, 2017
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Psalm 51:6 (NKJV)
You Desire Truth
People around us can only see the outside of us. The Lord is the One who truly knows us in our unseen hearts. Rather than run the risk of giving room to things that can harm us and others, it is far better to invite the Lord to search us and show us what even others cannot see. Are we ready for what He might show us? We can trust Him. The One who knows us best loves us most.
Canadian Marketing firm McCann, in partnership with the people at the Ipsos Reid polling company, has just released their 2017 Truth About Canada report. The quantitative and qualitative deep dive reveals a deeper understanding of Canadians. Among other things, the report says that Canadians look for experiences above all. In a consumption-driven world where accumulating stuff has become almost too easy, experiences are the new currency. People look to experiences to find enjoyment, self-fulfillment and reward. A staggering (93%) of Canadians prefer a life filled with great experiences over beautiful possessions. Only 18% of Canadians feel strongly connected to their physical communities. Almost 7 in 10 Canadians want to help make the world and their communities a better place, but only 1 in 5 actually take action.
Back in university, I recall having a discussion in my first year philosophy class about whether a sound is heard if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to listen. It really is a theological question, because for the follower of Jesus, God is always listening. He is the all-present God. Integrity is when we live our lives according to Biblical principles even when no one is noticing – always knowing that the Lord God of the universe is listening. David understood this, particularly after being faced with his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah. David had forgotten that God is always watching, and in order to be a man after God’s own heart, God’s principles must be internalized. Psalm 51:6 says “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” God even sees the hidden part of our lives, and it is only when, as followers of Jesus, we forget this, that we fall into sin. The Word of God calls us to guard our hearts, for it is the wellspring, the life centre of our lives. God looks much deeper within our hearts to see what makes us do the things we do. He has the power to transform our inner being if there is darkness there. He replaces our sin with His presence and pours His wisdom into our inner being so we can live a life of integrity, even when no one but God is watching.
These have been words from the heart.