5 The Lord is my chosen and assigned portion, my cup; You hold and maintain my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,
Verse 7 really jumped out to me.
My heart instructs me in the night season.
We have to be so careful of what defines our heart because it’s what instructs us, guides us and leads us. When I was thinking of this verse, I thought of the song:
Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
– Robert Robinson
What a beautiful prayer to the Author of EVERY blessing: “Tune my heart.” Sometimes, we need to tune our hearts. We need to develop our ability to tune in God’s voice at all times. And also be able to tune out distractions that block His voice. To tune out all voices of criticism, doubt, unbelief and negativity that come at us everyday.
When a guitar is out of tune, the song that is meant to be beautiful can sound more like nails on a chalkboard. You know something’s not right. So, you have to stop and take the time to gently restore each string to its right place so the song will be beautiful again.
God wants to restore some of your heart strings so your song can be beautiful again. He wants to get hearts back in tune with what He says. And with what He is speaking into situations and circumstances.
Sometimes my heart needs tuning! In that moment when things were happening with Lily and I was questioning. He said, “I have been speaking to you.” He gave me that gentle reminder of what He had been saying. Sometimes, I forget His goodness. I forget sometimes there are “streams of mercy, never ceasing.” I forget that I’m already accepted, covered, held, known, beloved. When I forget those things I start grasping for “good” as if I don’t already have access to the Giver of every good thing.
Part of “Come thou fount” also says Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. I’d never want to sing a song with an out of tune guitar, but sometimes I’m living with a heart that is out of tune. All because I don’t take the time to restore my heart to its rightful place, to a place of gratitude for a Love that will never leave me.
In a world full of obstacles, controversy and occasional sorrows, we all need a tune up at times. As followers of Jesus we’ve got to remember who He is, what He says and what He’s done for us. To sing His grace over and over.
And because of what He did on the Cross, it’s a song that will never ever grow old. We can’t sing it too much or too loudly. While we were still sinners, Love gave Himself up for us, and walked out of the grave, so that we could taste the sweetness of mercy and healing.
And that song is powerful. But sometimes we forget the power. Sometimes, we have to tune our hearts again to what He’s done. To remember the Fount of every blessing. God wants to bring new definitions to what we have yet to even contemplate. If we continue yielding to the Holy Spirit, we’ll be able to tune in to His tender whisper and tune out distractions, so that we can live the life He has planned for us.
Have a beautiful Monday!