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Here's My Heart, Lord

I’ve been listening to this simple song in recent months, “Here’s My Heart” (by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio). At first it seemed nice, but kind of plain. It’s as if it starts out timidly. But with more practice, and, more importantly, with an effort to seek out what is Truth, it builds Momentum! The more I listened to it, the more the words hit me with power.

If you are having trouble trusting the Lord with your heart and life, start, like this song does, slowly. If you find yourself believing what the world says about you instead of who the living God says you are, go to the Bible to get the right perspective. Ask God to speak to you through His Word. The more we see our need for Him, and the more we see Him for who He is, the easier it is to trust Him.

I took the truths in the song, which are found in the Truth of Scripture and attached (just one of the abundance of) references:

Here’s My Heart

Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Speak what is true

'Cause I am found, I am Yours  (Luke 19:10, 1 Cor 3:23)
I am loved, I'm made pure  (John 3:16, Heb 9:14)
I have life, I can breathe  (2Cor 5:17, Psalm 150:6)
I am healed, I am free  (Psalm 30:2 , Rom 6:6)

'Cause You are strong, You are sure  (Prov 18:10, Psalm 147:5)
You are life, You endure  (John 6:35, Psalm 100:5)
You are good, always true  (Psalm 145:9, Isaiah 46:9)
You are light breaking through  (Matt 5:14)

You are more than enough  (Psalm 107:8-9)
You are here, You are love  (Josh 1:9, 1 John 4:7)
You are hope, You are grace  (1Tim 4:10, Eph 2:8)
You’re all I have, You’re everything  (Rom 5:8, Heb 1:3)

Here’s my life, Lord
Speak what is true

This version by the band, I Am They, is my favorite.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOlzv7kko_4

Listen to it. Look up the verses. Let the Truth of Scripture wash over you and penetrate your heart and life as you give your whole self to the One who is worthy!

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No Substitute for Returning

"I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart". - Jer 24:7 

I learned from my mother how to substitute ingredients in a recipe if you don't have the "real thing". It has been a huge blessing to know how to do this in the kitchen, however, when it comes to our relationship with God, we cannot knowingly substitute and expect a blessing from Him.  

In this verse, God is speaking regarding a remnant of Judah that He will preserve for Himself. He says that He will give them a heart to know Him, an identity as "His" as they return to Him with their whole heart. But this returning must be whole-hearted.  

In the same way, we too, must be willing to completely surrender areas of rebellion, complacency or idolatry that are tethered tightly to our souls. God's recipe for knowing Him calls for a whole-hearted surrender and return. Our God is "gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster." - Joel 2:13  

We will only know what areas of repentance are needed in our lives as we draw near to Him and let Him reveal the true condition of our hearts in His consuming presence. He stands ever-ready, but remember, a halfway return is no return at all.  

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