The theme of the service and concert Wednesday night where William and Tom played was from the Beatitudes. I’ve been mulling over this theme since then. The specific Beatitude looked at Wednesday evening was the 6th where our Lord said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”
The fruit of our hearts needs to be daily (hourly?) examined. If we will not see God without a pure heart, wouldn’t it be important to know what a pure heart looks like? And by comparison, what does an impure heart look like? There are distinctive traits to each.
In this penetrating piece, Charles Haddon Spurgeon addresses both the spiritual blindness of an impure heart, and the glorious sight that results in a heart that is pure.
This beautiful hymn puts Christ’s 6th Beatitude from the Sermon on the Mount into metrical form for singing. Here are the words. The link to hear the hymn is below the words.
Bless’d are the pure in heart,
For they shall see our God;
The secret of the Lord is theirs,
Their heart is Christ’s abode.
The Lord, who left the heavens,
Our life and peace to bring,
To dwell in lowliness with men,
Their pattern and their King.
He to the lowly soul
Doth still Himself impart,
And for His dwelling and His throne
Chooseth the pure in heart.
Lord, we Thy presence seek;
May ours this blessing be;
Give us a pure and lowly heart,
A temple meet for Thee.