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THE HEART OF THE MATTER – February 21

To enter a house whose doors and windows are locked requires a key. To get an audience with a high govern-mental official demands documents of identification. And in this day of terrorism, you may even have to be searched to see whether you carry dangerous weapons. How much more are there severe requirements to come before the holy God and to be a guest in His house!

Wisely does the psalmist ask in Psalm 15:1, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” There also is a reason why Jesus spoke of the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

What the psalmist writes after his question ought to be before our minds daily. He writes, “He that walketh up-rightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart” Psalm 15:2. In the verses that follow, the psalmist tells us what an upright walk and doing righteous-ness are. But the heart of the matter is speaking truth in the heart. There will be no upright walk and works of righteousness unless we speak the truth in our hearts.

Out of the heart are all the issues of our life. Even as every cell in our bodies must receive blood from the heart in order to live, so our whole being is controlled by the spiritual “blood” that comes out of our spiritual center, which Scripture calls the heart.

Since by nature our hearts are spiritually dead — Adam died the day he disobeyed — the answer to the psalmist’s question is: “No one!” No one has the right to be a guest in God’s house.

Listen to this versification and ask whether it describes you:

He who walks in righteousness,
All his actions just and clear;
He whose words the truth express,
Spoken from a heart sincere.

How much then ought we to appreciate the love of God that sent His Son to take away all our unrighteousness and to implant in us by His Spirit that beginning of holiness. And the evidence that this life is in us is the confession that we have no righteousness of ourselves.

Read: Matthew 5:1-20

Psalter versification: 26:2

This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet. 

Feb 21, 2019

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