WAITING WITH YOUR HEART
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All ye that wait for the Lord.” Ps. 31:24
Christianity is a religion of the heart. If you don’t want to take my word for it, think about the words of Jesus. His frequent criticism of the religious leaders of his day was this, “You worship me with your lips but your heart is far from me.” The one thing Christ considered intolerable was religious hypocrisy. He was looking for more than outward observance of a religious system, He wanted a man’s love. Religions tend to deal with philosophies and outward conduct, Christianity is totally different. The dilemma we face is this, our heart is desperately wicked, the results of the fall of man. In order to follow The Lord we need a heart change, we need to be born again. Once we are born again our hearts began to turn toward The Lord, rather than just following a system of regulations, our hearts now belong to The Lord. Here is how Andrew Murray spoke about waiting on The Lord with our heart.
“The words are nearly the same as in our last meditation. But I gladly avail myself of them again to press home a much-needed lesson for all who desire to learn truly and fully what waiting on God is. The lesson is this: It is with the heart we must wait upon God. “Let your heart take courage”
All our waiting depends upon the state of the heart. As a man’s heart is, so is he before God. We can advance no further or deeper into the holy place of God’s presence to wait on Him there, than our heart is prepared for it by the Holy Spirit. The message is, “Let your heart take courage, all ye that wait on the Lord.” The truth appears so simple, that some may ask, Do not all admit this? Where is the need of insisting on it so specially? Because very many Christians have no sense of the great difference between the religion of the mind and the religion of the heart, and the former is far more diligently cultivated than the latter. They know not how infinitely greater the heart is than the mind. It is in this that one of the chief causes must be sought of the feebleness of our Christian life, and it is only as this is understood that waiting on God will bring its full blessing.”
How is your heart condition today? Is it cold or maybe crusty? Maybe it is broken or even hardened. The Lord alone can heal our broken heart. What an amazing truth, He fixes our heart so that we even have a capacity to love Him. Once our heart has been healed it begins to open up to The Lord. Then today’s verse becomes precious to us, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All ye that wait for the Lord.”