How do we guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23)? I believe this psalm has something important to say to us, to help us do that. It is worth going over and pondering for awhile. I was trying to memorize certain verses of it, and at least in the process, was mouthing them, over and over again (verses 1-3, 13-17, 21-28). In this practice, I believe God's Word can become more and more our own words, coming from our hearts. But I speak them when my heart may seem far away from what they're saying, or even opposed to it. And as we engage in this, in a prayerful way to God, God can and will change our hearts, and help us live differently, in his love and in his love for ourselves and others.
These words in some ways seem strange to me. But they say something important to us as God's people, that we need to hear, and take to heart:
It is good to let a passage from Scripture impact us. And we also need to hold on, by faith, to what we saw more clearly as we were pondering it. We need to remember the truth we are gathering and learning. And seek to apply it, and live it out, more and more, in the rough and tumble reality of living.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
What might you share from your thoughts and/or experience about this?