The Heart-Knower

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O Lord,

 

You know the hearts of all men (Acts 1:24). You came to earth so You might seek and find us, the wanderers (Luke 19:10). Once for all, You put away the barrier between man and God, so that we can be considered forever perfect (Hebrews 10:14).

 

Now, You still investigate hearts — seeking evidence of Your Spirit (Romans 8:27). When You discover the Life, Your Spirit resonates peace (1 John 5:12; Romans 8:6-7). When You discover death and hostility, then it’s evident that heart does not yet belong to You (Romans 8:9).

 

Thank You for placing Your God seed within us, so that regardless of how we feel, we have assurance that You’ve made us holy and set apart (1 John 3:9; 1 Peter 2:9). Thank You that our salvation doesn’t depend on our working or fussing, but on the fact that You are merciful (Romans 9:16).

 

You are the heart-searcher — the heart-knower (Acts 1:24). Not just the casual recognition of an outside observer, but the intimate, personal knowing like that of a husband and wife (Luke 1:34). You are our husband. We are Your bride (Revelation 21:9).

 

You, my divine Heart-knower are a noble, gentleman, standing at the door and awaiting my summons (Revelation 3:20). You wait for my permission. You entered my heart initially upon invitation and now You still wait my mutual consent to understand Your deep truths.

 

Despite Your longing eagerness to be gracious and Your burning desire to be compassionate, You continue to wait until I’m willing for You to move (Isaiah 30:18). You are patient until I am ready to know You deeper. Your desire for me is unquenchable, but not selfish. True Love never seeks his own way (1 Corinthians 13:5).

 

You do not wait for me in order to get something. No, You wait in order that You may give. “I, the Lord, search the heart,” You say. “I test the mind, even to give” (Jeremiah 17:10). You are the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, yet You seek for my invitation before You pour out Your blessings (Jeremiah 32:18-19; Luke 11:13).

 

The glorious truth is that Your giving is not dependent on how good I’ve behaved. That was the way of the old covenant. You delivered us from that old way of works in order to establish Your new way of faith (Hebrews 10:9). Moment by moment, belief is the only action I can do for You (John 6:29). My worthiness of this divine consensual relationship has nothing to do with me (2 Corinthians 3:5). It’s all because of Who You are (Romans 3:28).

 

Thank You, my precious, intimate Heart-knower. Thank You for magnetically inviting me close. Continue to reveal the riches and bounty that You’ve already given to me (1 Corinthians 2:12). I consent to Your intimate, inner gentleness. Draw me after You that we may run together (Song of Solomon 1:4). Selah.

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