FROM THE HEART…

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
psalm 64 need
We are known by our dispositions more than our positions in life when others describe us to others. How we are perceived comes from what is brewing and bubbling in our hearts. Jesus said, “…how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.” (Matthew 12:35)
 
We are good at hiding what is in our hearts for a while, but when we are tired, pressed for immediate action, sick, under pressure of deadlines, or frustrated, what is truly in our hearts gushes out in a burst of behavior that surprises even us. Sometimes it comes in a rush of words that are not praiseworthy or kind. Sometimes it comes in actions that are destructive. Most of the time we realize that our hearts, the well house of our souls, need to be cleansed often. Then we need to clean up the mess we made in relationships before the cleansing.
 
psalm 64 heart changeThere is only One who can cleanse us completely. He is the Source of real life, abundant life and life forever. God sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ to provide that complete cleansing. All we have to do is ask for it through a prayer of repentance and remorse. After the cleansing (forgiven of repentant sins), we discover we have extreme supernatural, beyond self-help, guidance in transforming our hearts and minds to be all that God intends for us to be.
 
psalm 64 Christ in me
This supernatural help is God’s Holy Spirit, part of the Three-In-One of God, to help us continually change our hearts. Cleansed hearts are healthy. They love more and are more accepting of others. Hearts filled with God’s love causes changes of our dispositions to life. As hearts change so do behavioral habits. We love more, say more kind words than unkind words. In fact, our first thoughts begin to be love driven causing our behaviors to be love driven, thinking more of others than we do ourselves. We praise more and whine less. In other words, we are becoming more like Christ! (See Philippians 2)
 
Our very first thought when we get up in the morning is praise to the One who is love. I am reminded of a song written by the band Whiteheart that I still recall when I remind myself to let my first thought be love.
 
Psalm 64 loveLET YOUR FIRST THOUGHT BE LOVE
Somehow, someone has hurt you again
And said things and done things you don’t understand
You don’t understand
It’s easy, just to think of your pride
So easy, to get angry inside
 
But let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love
Let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love, be love
Let it be love
 
Some people go looking for trouble to start
Oh but those people are hiding a lonely heart
They’ve got lonely hearts
So listen, listen to their silent cries
And touch them with the warmth in your eyes
 
And let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love
Let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love, be love
 
The Master showed us what to do time and time again
A gentle word of love can warm the heart of any man
So let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love
Let your first thought
Let your very first thought be love, be love…
 
Like David expressed in his prayer of honesty for today,
 
“Everyone sees it. God’s work is the talk of the town.”
 
Psalm 64, The Message
A David Psalm
 
Listen and help, O God.
I’m reduced to a whine
And a whimper, obsessed
with feelings of doomsday.
 
Psalm 64 words2-6 Don’t let them find me—
the conspirators out to get me,
Using their tongues as weapons,
flinging poison words,
poison-tipped arrow-words.
They shoot from ambush,
shoot without warning,
not caring who they hit.
They keep fit doing calisthenics
of evil purpose,
They keep lists of the traps
they’ve secretly set.
They say to each other,
“No one can catch us,
no one can detect our perfect crime.”
The Detective detects the mystery
in the dark of the cellar heart.
 
7-8 The God of the Arrow shoots!
They double up in pain,
Fall flat on their faces
in full view of the grinning crowd.
 
9-10 Everyone sees it. God’s
work is the talk of the town.
Be glad, good people! Fly to God!
Good-hearted people, make praise your habit.
 
psalm 64 glorify God
HEART CHECK UP:
 
David cried out for help and received God’s help. Every. Time. The God of David is the same magnificent, awesome God who sees our hearts and is ready to cleanse us from all that is not pleasing to Him or healthy for us.
 
Come for a cleansing. You won’t regret a good bath in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb.
 
Then “make praise your habit.”
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
Cleanse me of all the dark places and dank, musty cellars that harbor the leftovers of evil in my heart. Transform my behavior continually as I grow in my love for You and others. May Your Holy Spirit guide my cleansed heart to pleasing habits of praise back to You!
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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