What is the Way of My Heart with God?

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Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1 ESV)

The undefiled character described in this verse marks, in an evangelical sense, “an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit”, not one who is without sin, but one who in the sincerity of his heart can say, “That which I do, I allow not.” As his way is, so is his “walk”-“in the law of the Lord.” He is “strengthened in the Lord, and he walks up and down in His name;” his “ears hearing a word behind him, saying, This is the way,-walk in it”when he is “turning to the right hand or to the left.”

And if the pardon of sin, imputation of righteousness, the communion of saints, and a sense of acceptance with God; if protection in providence and grace; and-finally and forever, the beatific vision, are the sealed privileges of His upright people, then there can be no doubt, that “blessed are the undefiled in the way.” And if temporal prosperity, spiritual renovation and fruitfulness, increasing illumination, fellowship with the Savior, peace within, and-throughout eternity-a right to the tree of life, are privileges of incalculable value; then surely “the walk in the law of the Lord” is “the path of pleasantness and peace.”

“Truly”-indeed may we say-“God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.” But let each of us ask-What is the “way” of my heart with God? Is it always an “undefiled way?” Is “iniquity” never “regarded in the heart?” Is all that God hates habitually lamented, abhorred, forsaken? “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Charles Bridges, Exposition Of Psalm 119

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  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Jesus made no bones about what is in the hearts of man. That is why he didn’t trust us.

    But He hives us His heart…in which we can always trust, even while our old Adam is alive and kicking and causing trouble in our mortal bodies…including our hearts.