Start To Understand Your Heart

Date: June 13, 2022

One of the reasons the book of Psalms in the Bible appeals to us is that the writings touch on experiences common to all of us. In the Psalms you find the entire range of human emotion–thankfulness, anger, love, hatred, joy, and more.

Once in awhile I like to write a psalm.  Of course, what I jot down is not scripture, but it is the expression of my heart to God. For instance, one January, after a busy Christmas season, this is how I felt.

Lord, I’ve spent so much money and so much time on material things

this past month that I feel out of tune.

As I look back, I don’t think I’ve wasted money, really.

The things I bought were good quality at good prices,

and they were for others.

Just secular—earthly.

Of course, I’ve eaten too much as well.

And stayed up too late.

And not exercised enough.

And now deep down inside I want more than this.

I know so well that lasting satisfaction comes from doing the things

that count for eternity.

So, this morning I’d like my dissonant heart tuned

to make harmony with Your divine music.

Let the Holy Spirit loosen the strings that are too taut

and wipe away the finger smudges where I’ve put my hands on the strings instead of letting You make the music.

(The tone I made was a bit dull and flat–though the tempo was fast enough!)

Today I want my life to harmonize with You, the Master of Music,

who tunes our hearts to sing His praise.

Why don’t you sit down and write what is on your heart right now? Scripture tells you to “pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord” (Lamentations 2:19). Your words will be a prayer that God will listen to.