All the members of our bodies are important. God, who made and fashioned them, knew what He was doing when He made us as we are. And although some of the members of our bodies can be removed surgically without threat to our lives, and sometimes have to be removed because of cancer or some other disease, we cannot get along without a heart. And the healthier the heart is, the more active one can be; while an impaired heart will limit one’s activity.
It is no wonder then that the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:80, “Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.”
If we are going to live as we were made and fashioned to be, namely, to be image bearers, that is, reflectors of God’s glory, we must have a spiritual heart that is sound. The healthier that heart is, the more perfectly we will walk in love toward God, and therefore love His statutes. The more we hate sin and love God, the sounder our hearts are. The psalmist makes a very important petition here.
But there is another request of his that goes hand in hand with that request for a sound heart. He prays that others with sound hearts may turn to him. Because he had fallen into great sin, those with sound hearts had separated from him, finding no pleasure in having fellowship with one who walks in sin. And now he desires greatly that they see the change in his life and again become his friends. In verse 78 he wrote, “Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that know thy testimonies.” These are those whose hearts are sound. And our versification has it thus:
Let those that fear Thee turn to me,
Thy truth to them I will proclaim;
Instruct my heart to keep Thy law,
That I may not be put to shame.
Who are your friends? With whom do you feel at home? It reveals how sound your heart is, and how earnestly we should pray for a sound heart. For a sound heart is a perfect heart; and only with a perfect heart will our walk of life be perfect, as our Savior’s was perfect and fulfilled God’s law for us.
Read: I John 2:1-17
Psalter versification: 330:4
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.