A perfect heart is trusting

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

"Our Fathers trusted in you, they trusted and you delivered them. They cried unto you, and were delivered; they trusted in you, and they were not confounded." Psalm 22:4-5

The Hebrew root word for trust suggests

"to fling oneself off a precipice." That his father say, "Jump!" and he obeys, throwing himself into his father's arms. Some are in such a place at this moment. Some are on the edge, teetering, and have no other option but to fling themselves into the arms of Jesus. They have simply resigned themselves to their situation, but that's not trust, it's nothing more then fatalism. Trust is something very different from a passive resignation. It's an active belief.

As we hunger for Jesus more intensely, we will find that our trust in Him has a strong foundation. At some point in our lives we may have thought that we couldn't really trust Him - that He didn't really have control over the big picture and that we had to stay in charge. But growing closer to Him and getting to know Him better changes that. It means that we don't just come to Him when we are at the end of our row: instead, we begin to walk with Him so closely that we hear Him warning of the trials ahead of us.

The trusting heart always says, "All my steps are ordered of the Lord. He is my loving Father, and he never gives me more than I can handle. He always makes a way of escape. he has an eternal plan and purpose for me. He has numbered the hairs on my head, and He formed me when I was in my mother's womb. he knows when I sit, stand, or lie down because I am the apple of His eye. He is Lord-not just over me, but over every situation and circumstance that touches me."

A perfect heart is not only trusting but broken. "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saves those of a contrite (crushed) spirit" (Psalm 34:18)

Brokenness means more than sorrow and weeping, more than a crushed spirit, more than humility. True brokenness releases in the heart the greatest power God can entrust to man. When we are truly broken before God, we are given a power that restores ruins, a power that brings a special kind of glory and honor to God.

Brokenness has to do with walls-broken down, crumbling walls. David associated the crumbling walls if Jerusalem with the broken heartedness of God's people. "The Hebrew word here is Shabar. It's the same word used in Psalm 51:17 for "broken heart." Nehemiah's heart was breaking in two ways. It broke first with anguish for the ruin, and then, second, it broke with the hope of rebuilding, (bursting with hope).

This is truly a broken heart: one that first sees the church and families in ruin and feels the Lord's hurt. Such a heart grieves over the reproach cast on the Lord's name. It also looks deep inside and sees, as David did, its own shame and failure. But there is a second important part to this brokenness, and that is hope. The truly broken heart has heard from God: "I will heal, restore, rebuild. Get rid of the rubbish, and get to work rebuilding the walls!"