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January 9, 2023

Opening Our Hearts to God

Psa. 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable before You, O Jehovah, my rock and my Redeemer. Acts 13:22 And when He had deposed him, He raised up David for them as king, to whom also He testified and said, I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to My heart, who will do all My will. (23) From this man's seed, God, according to promise, brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus.

Both of the above passages are related to David. Psalm 19:14 is a prayer of David, while Acts 13:22-23 is a description of David. In David's prayer, there are the "words of my mouth" and the "meditation of my heart," or the thoughts of the heart. He prayed that he would not only be kept in his words outwardly, but also be acceptable to God in his thoughts inwardly. The words of the mouth are an expression of the thoughts of the heart. The heart is the root problem. Whether or not one outwardly says the right words is not the basic problem. Whether or not one has an outward attitude in his speaking that is right is also not the basic problem. The thoughts of the heart are the basic problem. The thoughts of the heart constitute the root problem and cannot be overlooked. David did not merely pray, "God, may the words of my mouth be acceptable before You." He added to the prayer, "May the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You." David's prayer was for the thoughts of his heart to be acceptable before God. This is why Paul could later testify that David was a man according to the Lord's heart. A person who is according to God's heart allows God to touch his heart. If you will not allow God to touch your heart, it will be hard for you to be one who is according to His heart. Many Christians ask, "Why is it wrong for me to do this? Why is it wrong for me to say this? Why is it wrong for me to express myself this way?" Brothers and sisters, whether or not you are doing the right thing, saying the right thing, or expressing yourself the right way is not the real problem. Rather, is your heart right when you are doing such a thing, saying such a word, or expressing yourself in such a way? What is the condition of your heart? What is the condition of the root? Even if you are right in every outward thing, it is still possible for your heart to be wrong. God is touching the condition of your heart and asking about it. He allows many winds and waves to beat upon His children for this very reason. He uses these things to touch your heart and to expose the condition of your heart.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp.169-170. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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CWWN - vol. 36 (Central Messages)