Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 14th, 2017
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
1 Chronicles 16:10 (NIV)
Glory In His Name
Today is the day when the “heart” is the center of attention. For some, today will bring great excitement and joy when they receive a gift that says “I love you.” But, today can also be a day of great disappointment. Some will even talk about “broken hearts.” We can feel missed or passed by. But, there’s one place where our heart is always safe. We can give praise to the One who loves us perfectly. With Him we can have a life of rejoicing.
Confederation Hall, as the rotunda of the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa is known, is the heart of the Centre Block. It sits at the middle of the walkway that links two cores of democracy in Canada—the House of Commons and the Senate. The rotunda has a high-vaulted ceiling, with symbols and coats of arms of each province and territory. In the middle of this circular room is a magnificent column. Imposing yet dignified, it serves as the rotunda’s focal point. A mariner’s compass and a swirling marble pattern, symbolizing waves, surround the base of the column. These images signify the importance of water in Canada’s development. The column bears an inscription that is dedicated to all those who served in the First World War.
In our culture, the heart is the centre of affection. When we love someone we tell them they are in our heart. When we want something we say that we have our heart set on it. The Bible often speaks of the heart. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the unredeemed heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. If that was where it ended, we would be miserable. But God has us in His heart. He loves us deeply. And when we turn our hearts to Him, He fills that heart with His joy. 1 Chronicles 16:10 tells us “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” It is the experience of every man, woman and child that when we turn our hearts towards God and seek Him with our whole heart, He changes everything in us. No longer is our heart deceitful, and beyond cure. He takes the repentant heart and heals it. Before we give our hearts to Jesus Christ, we glory in our sin and our heart remains dark. But when Jesus cleanses our heart and takes up residence there, we glory in His holy name. The focus of our heart changes from selfish ambition to godly desire. And as we glory in His holy name, our hearts fill with joy. What is the focus of your heart on this Valentine Day? Only when you love the Lord Jesus with your whole heart will you experience His heart for you, and you will rejoice.
These have been words from the heart.