“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18).
“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all . . . the LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.” (Ps. 34:19, 22)
As I read these words this morning, I was struck with their force–”brokenhearted,” “crushed in spirit” and “many troubles.” They pushed me to ask the question: How often do I really see the battle for my heart?
For me–and my guess it’s true for you too–it’s so easy to slip into the normal routine of daily living–alarm goes off, get up, hit the shower, make coffee and eat, go to work, come home, eat again, do chores, pay bills, or relax, hit the sack and get up and do it all over again.
Normal. Routine. Nothing horrific. Nothing epic. Just daily stuff. You know the drill.
But when I read those words of David in Psalm 34 (and there are many others), I get the sensation that there’s a battle going on, and it’s a battle for my heart.
I know what a battlefield looks like. I’ve watched The Patriot, Gettysburg, Saving Private Ryan, The Pacific, The Hurt Locker. Those were battlefields.
I’ve stood on the fields of Gettysburg where the Union and Confederate armies clashed in 1863 in America’s Civil War. In just 3 fateful days that hot July, the bodies and blood of over 57,000 men who were killed, mortally wounded, or missing stained that “hallowed ground.” That’s a battlefield.
Do you ever think of your heart being a battlefield?
If the Bible is true, then Jesus’ words of warning must not be minimized or ignored:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10)
So what’s he (and it’s clear from the context that Jesus means Satan is the thief, the Enemy of God and us) stealing, killing, and destroying? Our hearts. Our lives. All that Jesus came to redeem.
So, some of the questions for each of us who align ourselves with God and who have been targeted by the Evil One are these:
- Do you recognize that your heart is a battlefield?
- Are you protecting your heart?
- How are you protecting your heart?
Now it’s your turn. Please share with the rest of us what you’re doing to “gear up” for the battle for your heart. Remember: we’re all in this together.