The Heart of God

“There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God”. So begins the well-known hymn by~ Cleland McAfee. Though the composer may be expressing his desire for a physical nearness to God, we should stop and consider what is in God’s heart so we can know how we can grow closer to him. As two people sincerely share with each other, revealing their hearts, where else should we begin looking for God’s heart than in the pages of his printed word. God speaks in Numbers 14:21, “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord”. This world we live in, though now corrupt and crumbling, was originally created perfect by God and He desires recognition and gratitude for his work. He delights in the praises of mankind because it affirms not only the proper order of things, but it allows communion with him that otherwise would not be possible. The shepherd-king David had that communion and he was described by God as being a man after his own heart. (Acts 13:22) Listen to the things David said in I Chron. 16; “for great          is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he is also to be feared above all Gods”. (v.25) “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name”. (V.29) and although Psalm 150 has only six verses, David exhorts us to praise God thirteen times. He recognized early on that we owe every- thing to God and to praise and glorify Him is the best thanksgiving we can offer. Another aspect of where God7’s heart lies is found in I Tim. 2:4 where he desires all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” And so we could obtain that salvation and truth, he provided mankind with his son, Jesus. In fact Jesus himself said in several places that he did and spoke nothing unless the father told him to. That being the case, all the words and actions of Jesus are clear indicators of the heart of God. If in doubt of that, Jesus also said that “I and the father are one.” (John 10:30) Even after searching for God’s heart, will we ever be able to claim that we understand God? Probably not. God says in Isa. 55:9 that His ways are higher than our ways and that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Trying to explain God can only answer the question, “what?”; but it is in seeking after the heart of God that we begin to understand~ the “who?”

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