Does God Have Full Access To Your Heart?

The Lord called David “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). What was it about him that God valued so highly? He certainly had his share of mistakes, sins, and character flaws. Yet more than anything else, what characterized his life was that he sought to know the Lord.

Whether he was a shepherd, fugitive, warrior, or powerful king, the time he spent with his heavenly Father was his lifeline. In psalm after psalm, David laid everything before the Lord—and wholeheartedly longed to do His will. This was his greatest strength.

Do you want to grow spiritually and be transformed in your everyday faith walk? Take a step beyond asking, “What can I do for God so that I can be a better Christian?” Instead, come before the Lord and say, “Here I am. You have full access to my heart.”

Facing A Crisis—Your First Line of Defense

1 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by. 2 I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. 3 He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me.—Psalm 57:1-3

When you face a crisis, what is your first line of defense? The natural response is to attempt to fix the problem on your own. God, however, gives us a different way to handle difficulty.

David was no stranger to pressure or sudden appearances of evil. When he wrote Psalm 57, he was facing many hardships—including pursuit by King Saul, who wanted to kill him (1 Samuel 24:1-22). The shepherd’s response was to cry out to God and take refuge in Him until the calamity had passed.

Let’s learn from David’s example by exploring his words. Today’s passage has much to teach about the One to whom he cries.

First, David refers to God as El Elyon, or the Most High God. With all power and wisdom, He is the only one who can help us in our need.

Second, God is said to be our refuge. If He is a place of shelter for our soul, then we need not fear. He hovers over us and protects us when crises arise and leave us feeling helpless.

Third, the psalm expresses complete confidence that the Almighty can and will accomplish anything it takes for His purpose to be fulfilled. He’ll do whatever is necessary to intervene on our behalf, to hold accountable those who oppose us, and to surround us with His love and truth.

During His time on earth, Jesus brought great passion to His life and ministry. Therefore, we can approach Him when emotions run high. If your heart is troubled, cry out to the Lord. Know that you come before the throne of Him who is a powerful protector, capable and willing to do all you need.

Searching For God’s Strength

David, the great king of the bible, counsels that there is one particular blessing of the Lord that we should search for. We should search for His strength. People who search for the Lord are people who know that trying to accomplish anything on their own apart from His strength and ability is a losing proposition.

Trying to go it alone apart from the Lord leads us nowhere and wears us out. Searching and seeking for the strength of the Lord is an absolute necessity if we are to accomplish anything in this world that is worth accomplishing. (1 Chronicles 16:11)

Guarding Your Going Out and Coming In

Today is Wednesday. A day some people commonly refer to as “hump” day. Why do people see this day as an indicator the week is almost over? Is it because we have so many issues affecting our lives that we feel pressure to get things done before the weekend?

In Psalms 121, David, the great king, talks about the benefits of his relationship with the Lord. The psalm starts with him asking the question, “where does my help come?” and then he answers the question by saying, “my help comes from the Lord.”

In the remaining verses David talks about the peace he has in his life because he says, “God will not allow your foot to slip; he who keeps you will not slumber (24 hour protection); the Lord will protect you from all evil and will keep your soul. Finally, he says the Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from now and forever.” – emphasis added.

So, as you go through the remainder of this day and the rest of the week, you can be sure the Lord is there for you whenever you need him. He loves you so much that he doesn’t sleep so he can keep His eye on you. Rest easy. You are in the care and protection of our loving Lord and Savior.