Prayers to a God Who Provides
God Sees the Heart
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
We live in a world that judges the book by its cover. Because the outward appearance means so much, we can be tempted to overlook or disregard our hidden flaws. Unlike people, however, God is foremost concerned with what is on the inside: our hearts and our minds. After all, every action begins as a thought or emotion. Thankfully, God has the power to govern and guard them both.
As a campfire unchecked can consume a forest, an unchecked heart can be equally dangerous. We are quick to avoid the sins of murder or adultery, but are we as troubled by anger, lust, or pride?
We may play the part and impress others. We may be in good standing with people and the law. But if God is not pleased, our good behavior means nothing. Take heart; the Lord offers forgiveness of our sins and graciously renews and redirects our hearts, if that be our prayer. May our hearts desire what is pleasing and good, inwardly and outwardly.
From “These Days”-July, August, September
Tieler Giles, Washington, DC