O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart. [Psalm 15:1-2 NASB]
Have you ever betrayed your conscience and did something that you knew was wrong? James defines this as the essence of sin. Sometimes we call it a gut instinct. Often we tell ourselves that we should listen to our heart. There is something deep inside of us that want to guide us into truth. It is the new heart.
It is why we must train ourselves to listen to the still small voice of our new heart. Unlike our brain, our heart knows more than precepts. More than ideas. More than black and white. The new heart has the ability to discern the truth of a matter when the brain is confused and lacking understanding.
Yet it is often so hard to embrace truths spoken in our hearts. Many of us have relied on our brains for so long. Our minds seem to shout so loud and drown out that still small truthful voice of our heart. It is an issue of power. It is why we must strengthen our new heart with healthy spiritual food and exercise.
Teach me to strengthen my heart Lord. Help me to discern and speak truth from my heart.
... this devotion is part of a series about King David.