‘Fervent seeking after God with the whole heart, without which no one can know Him, has always been the mark of His true followers.’ Dave Hunt
People that practice secular reasoning and self realization have convinced themselves that they can live a righteous life and be right with God by performing good deeds, acting nice and following religious rituals. They are ignorant to the fact, however, that the secular heart of man, according to the Bible is by nature impure, wicked and deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus teaches that the carnal heart cannot be cured in any way by human understanding, human reasoning, human effort and/or human performance (Proverbs 3:5). Our beliefs should not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Samual 13:14 it says that the Lord sought a man after His own heart. David was that man and was chosen by God to proceed King Saul. As I read about the reign of King David I see a human that has sinned as only humans can against himself, others, his kingdom and against his Lord. So why would God see David that way. I believe the answer lies in Psalm 51. The theme is one of brokenness, humility, confession, repentance, forgiveness, a plea for mercy, grace, and a cleansing of his heart (Psalm 51:7-9).
Because we are all born as sinners (Romans 3:23), our natural inclination is be right on our own understanding, to be self-centered, conditional, and determined to do things our way. Right conduct can only come from the heart of God. We don’t become pure of heart on our own understanding, or performance and/or on our own efforts. It takes a breaking of our know-it-all pride and our self-centered, wanting to be right stubborn will (Luke 22:42). Do what King David did when he was broken, ask God to create in you a pure heart. “Create in me a pure heart” (Psalm 51:10a NIV).
‘Blessed are the pure in heart; how will people believe that, unless we ourselves are worshipping the living God until our own hearts are set on fire and scorched through with His purity.’ N. T. Wright
God desires a pure heart. He desires that we become united with Him and He with us in a heart to heart relationship, so that we may also have fellowship with one another. “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3 NIV). Fellowship comes from the Greek word koinonia, which literally means partnership and communion.
When we seek to discover God’s heart, we discover that all the while He’s been seeking ours. That’s because He desires that our heart become one with His (John 17:22,23). Discovering the heart of God is the key to a righteous life. “O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways” (Proverbs 23:26 NLT). One way I have discovered the heart of God was at a time of grieving and mourning. Grieving and mourning are painful, but it helped align my heart with the heart of God.
God doesn’t care for our time, our performance, our money, our giftings, or our talents. He wants our hearts and wants them to be pure. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8 NIV). It’s good to take an honest look deep inside your heart to see what changes need to be made for the sake of deeper intimacy with God (Psalm 139:23,24). Our Lord is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NIV).
‘Refuse to be content with just the knowledge of God, but insist on experiencing His presence.’ Kerri Weems
If you delight yourself in the Lord, He then becomes the desire of your heart and the love of your life. What can be greater than being in the very presence of God? “You make known to me the path of life; In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 ESV). God calls us to a ‘heart to heart’ relationship. When we pursue His heart it delights Him. Make God’s desire your desire. Seek after God’s heart with exceeding diligence and you will have succeeded in fulfilling His desire.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head should be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face do I seek” (Psalm 27:4-8 ESV).