Heart Check

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.

Here is the hymn.

2 thoughts on “Heart Check

  1. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Here are excerpts intercessory prayer from Wednesday night. I think it is fitting to share here because it so expresses the need of the hour.

    Our Father in Heaven,

    We pray that when we feel the pain of being human that we are in solidarity with the suffering of the world and confident of the unconditional love of God.

    That we may base our lives on the truths of the Gospel, calling into question the systems and institutions to which we belong and in which we participate, we pray.

    That this common good undergirds all the thoughts, words and actions which guide our behavior and our efforts to participate in evangelism, we pray.

    That each of us may live the Reign of God here and now, not just privately but in an interconnected way, a way that influences all areas of life.

    May God call each of us by name into a deeper place, a place of peace that the world cannot give, a place where we know that the kingdom of heaven is ours because of the persecution and rejection that comes into our lives, for this we pray.

    That we may recognize the God who often comes into this world quite unexpectedly, uninvited, even unwanted, and gifts us with healing and forgiveness and opening us to the transcendent, we pray:

    We recognize within ourselves the human hunger for status, achievement, recognition, possessions. May we hunger for righteousness instead.

    Accepting persecution as a blessing as proclaimed by the Beatitudes is the final act of death to self, a poverty of spirit that allows us to cope with condemnation and rejection without bitterness or hatred. For authors filled with the Spirit of God who speak and share the Truth of a prayerful life and serious study, and face a lack of fairness and justice on the part of those they trusted, we pray:

    May we hunger and thirst for the righteousness that requires dying to self in the daily struggle to overcome in oneself and society all those things that keep us apart from God and from each other, everything that destroys communion and community, for this we pray:

    From the top of the Mount of Olives, Jesus prayed that we “recognize on this day the things that make for peace.” For this we pray in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

    Amen

  2. carolynb says:

    Hi Ingrid,

    1 John 4:20 says:
    If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

    When Christ changes a repentant heart, there is real fruit that accompanies that transformation. The heart of a new creation in Christ is different from the heart of one who is still lost and dead in their sins. The new creation is not sinless or perfect until glory, but in the here and now manifests a radically different heart posture.

    Thank you for your encouraging website, and for always pointing us to the one and only Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, blessed be His name!

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