29But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
33For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
A Living Heart
Christmas is over, the presents are unwrapped, and the paper and ribbons are all stashed away for another year, so what is left? What is left that really matters? There is one gift with eternal consequences that never diminishes through the annals of time, but lives for all eternity. What is that gift? That gift is a living heart!
What is the secret of a living heart? How does one obtain such a thing? David tells us, in Psalm 69,
Let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high . . . and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
The New King James Version states,
And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. For the LORD hears the poor, and does not despise His prisoners.
In retrospect, nothing else really matters. No matter what we may gain or accumulate in this lifetime we have been given, all is lost if one has not obtained Christ.
Is is any wonder that God chose to send His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to a poor, but Godly man and his wife? Jesus was not raised in a palace among wealth and splendor, but lived with a poor carpenter, learning the family trade. We, who are so enamored with the rich and famous, would not be able to see beyond the wealth and majesty of His life had He been raised in a palace.
God, chose the weak and foolish ones of this earth to confound the wise, even to the point of sending His only Son to a poor Jewish family. The Lord Jesus Christ, through His earthly life, death, and resurrection, provided something for us that no amount of money could buy. Through His sacrificial death on our behalf, we are heirs to all the eternal riches and glory of God, Himself.
No story could have a richer theme or a better ending. However, this is not just a story. This is the truth! May God grant to you a living heart!
Let us then, like David, praise the name of God with a song, and magnify Him with thanksgiving!
God Bless You,