David in the Bible would speak to his fears - talking to himself - redirecting and reassuring his HEART to rest in God.
It wasn't like his human, fleshly heart just did it all by itself.
God obviously is involved if our heart yearns for Him. We can't make dead turn to life, but He can.
But we aren't left out.
We must take an active role in directing our hearts towards God.
Flames go out if they aren't kept. Marriage is like that too, ya know?
David had a determined heart and he would not give up on his heart. He takes just about every Psalm - they are filled with redirecting his heart towards the Maker of his heart.
He knew all too well. . .
How easy it is for our flesh to try to quench our thirsty hearts through just about anything but God. David directed his heart toward God by strongly reassuring himself that God was his salvation, his hope, his strength, his refuge. His absolute everything. Not other things. Not other people.
"My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psa. 73)
This month has a wonderful celebration on February 14th. I heart this holiday!
Disappointment is not even possible. I can't be let down.
Because my heart believes God is all that can satisfy.
When this is where our heart is directed ~ undying, forgiving, passionate love can be directed toward our spouse.
True love is experienced. When our soul is quenched by drinking from the love of God, love can pour out on others.
Pour out freely!
Sometimes it takes strong declaration. We have to get real. We have to be open with God about our struggles.
We must take the effort to steer our hearts to depend on God. I direct my heart to see His nearness.
"But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I HAVE MADE the Lord God my refuge..." (Psa. 73:28)
I won’t be able to quench my thirsty desires with anyone else's presence. God alone.
This sounds oh so unromantic in the human sense I suppose.
But here is the cool thing, though not so sure cool is the word for it. . .
What brings a deeper than deep romance in an earthly relationship - filled with devotion, fun, physical oneness and passion, closeness, companionship that is life long - is when two people find their thirst quenched COMPLETELY through Jesus Christ and satisfaction in Him.
We must be determined, devoted to direct our wandering hearts back to the ONE who longs to captivate.
He does captivate. Not in the gushy, romantic way necessarily for me - but more like a strong, solid, never-wavering place of refuge that is indeed captivating!
He is the One who loves me for me, first. He shows me what love really means.
Not for what I do, not for what I have done or haven't. He doesn't love me for what I will become.
It's free love. The real deal. Lavishly poured upon me.
It's His love that gives me such a "hold on tight" and "fight hard" and "love unselfishly" kind of love in my marriage. The kind of love that throws oneself before just about anything and everything, with all abandonment, committed in thunder storms, a little bit of rain, or glorious sunshine.
Do you see your heart? Do you know your heart? Is it broken? Is it misdirected? Is it thirsty for something, Someone?
Does it need to be reassured of His love, salvation, compassion. . . that He never leaves you?
Does it need to be redirected back to Him for that thirst that seems like it just can't be quenched anywhere else?
In this month full of hearts, take some time to look at your own.
Go, and be loved by Him, after all it is He who loved first and opened the eyes of our hearts when we were empty of any longing for Him.
Song of my heart tonight.
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