Scripture | Psalm 19:14
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. ”
“To thine own self be true…” is part of a line from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Reality for most of us is this; not only does the state of our heart allow us to be false to others, it goes further into causing us to deceive even ourselves. There have been countless times when I struggled with being true to myself in various situations. It would not be an overestimation to call it a daily struggle. And I don’t mean the socially conscious “what is right versus what is wrong,” and which side am I on. No, I mean those times when I know that what is in my heart is wrong, and yet I pursue it any way. Those times when haughtiness, or arrogance, or pride, or anger, or offense have filled my heart, only confirm what is found in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…Who can know it?” This is a labor I regularly take before the Lord in times of fasting.
Dear Reader, I invite you to join me in rendering our hearts before the Lord during this current fast. It will require an intense and sincere effort in earnest to thine own self be true. This we must do willfully, purposefully, and humbly to reap approval of our repentance. For the very next verse, Jeremiah 17:10 reads, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Sadly, the Lord knows my wretched heart. Do you also understand that the Lord knows your wretched heart? Will you fast and pray with me about it?
Father, You truly do know our hearts. You know everything about every part of us. Please forgive the parts that are so unlike You. Cleanse us and give us the strength to evict sin, iniquity, and trespass out of our hearts and minds, in order that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts would be acceptable in Your sight. O Lord, You truly are our strength and we passionately praise You as our Redeemer. In the name of Jesus, Amen!