Monday, August 13

the purity of seekers

Almost to the middle of the month and I'm just now getting my August calendar posted.  Of course, technical difficulties don't help and there's still a glitch we are working through to get it fully working for all our devices around here.

So here we are - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

This verse is part of the Sermon on the Mount series of "Blessed are..."  verses where Jesus described what the life of believers should look like which is contrary to the world around the believer since the values shared are eternal.   When I think of being pure in heart, I think of an inward purity that is focused on God.  A sincerity lived out before others.  There is no deception found in the pure of heart.

Consider David's description in Psalm 24:3-6 which says, "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?  And who shall stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.  He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob."

The NIV translation says "who does not lift up his soul to an idol" and the KJV uses "who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity".  These verses paint a picture of a person who does not seek what the world has to offer as there are many things to chase after, or in a sense, worship.  The world also offers many opportunities to be prideful whether in accomplishments or competitiveness of *upping one another* in whatever it may be.  Yet, that is NOT what the pure of heart seek after instead desiring to seek after God knowing that they will see Him in eternity.

As I think about that and the picture on this month's calendar page, daisies are the perfect representation of the pure in heart.  There is no pretense or frill or deception with daisies. They are what they are. Simple, pure, transparent. Wherever they pop up and grow, their faces are ever seeking the sun.  They are a bright spot wherever they grow.  

May you, too, have a heart to seek God and live purely in the world of today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

3 comments:

Darryl Orrell said...

Hello,

I enjoyed reading your post, as I too, enjoy the Lord’s declarations of blessedness. I am now following your blog and extend to you an invitation to visit mine and if you are so led, you might enjoy reading my devotion titled, “Are You Blessed.”

Blessings!
Thought of the Week Devotion
http://thoughtof-theweek.blogspot.com

Jennifer Stovall said...

Hello, I just stumbled upon your blog and am loving how encouraging it is! I just recently started a blog of my own, www.myhighdeserthomestead.blogspot.com , and am loving how we can spread the Lord's word! Thanks for your hard work!

mom said...

Thanks for stopping AND for your words of encouragement! Hope to visit you both, too, sometime!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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