A Matter of the Heart

April 12, 2017

“Come with Me from Lebanon, My spouse…”

 

I will never forget when the Lord read to me from the small, romantic book of Song of Solomon…specifically chapter 4.  The Bridegroom speaking to His bride.

  

I feel a challenge from the Lord today to say to all who happen to read this—“Come with Me from Lebanon…” This may seem extremely strange, but when you look up the Hebrew for Lebanon, the root word that it comes from means “heart”.  In essence:  “Come with Me from your heart.” 

 

Others may have no clue when we are going through the motions.  They may never be able to tell when we simply mouth our devotion to Jesus.  They may assume that we practice daily what we preach.  But we could never ever fool Him.  Do we call Him “Lord”, yet refuse Him the high throne in our hearts?  Do we walk around holding our idols, while we wear our cross necklaces and WWJD bracelets?

 

Maybe we have even fooled ourselves.  It is a truly heart-checking prayer to ask the Lord to search our hearts…but it is necessary if we want to obey the greatest commandment.  It is impossible to love Him with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength if we are clinging to something that doesn’t please Him. 

 

Ask Jesus what the rich young ruler asked Him, “What do I still lack?”—what is it that would keep me from coming with You from my heart?  What is it that would hold me back from complete, undivided worship? 

I can promise you that it is not worth letting go of Him to hold on to it.

 

Scripture to read:

Song of Solomon 4:8a

Mark 4:25

Psalm 86:11

Matthew 19:16-22

Psalm 139:23-24

Amos 5:21-24

Matthew 7:21-23

Revelation 3:14-22

 

Prayer:

Lord, I give You my whole heart today and every day after.  Search me and know me...and take from me what I would not lay down willingly.  Don’t let me resist as You purify me.  I want an undivided heart that will follow You fully.  I want to be able to live in the Name of Jesus, not just say it as I pray.  Amen.

 

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