“Blessed by the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart…and hath extended mercy unto me before the king‘s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.” Ezra 7:27,28.
Ezra did not move forward without preparation. All along the way God’s mercy was extended to him. His heart assured him of the Lord’s presence strengthening him for the journey and work ahead.
“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Ezra 7:10.
How does one prepare the heart for the work of the Lord?
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5.
My husband, Papa Tom to the grandchildren, played a game with them when they were younger. He laid a quilt on the floor. The grandchild would lay on the quilt. Then Papa would roll him up in it like a cocoon with head and feet sticking out the ends. After being wrapped our great-grandson said he was a burrito not a cocoon. Papa instructed him to lay stiff and still as he carefully lifted him to the couch. Then with a quick even tug Papa pulled the quilt from around the child giggling and pleading to, “Do it again, Papa Tom!”
Papa Tom’s game illustrates what it means to commit. For the word, in its original, means, “rolled upon.” As our grandson committed his trust in his Papa, so we must commit or roll all our trust upon the Lord in the way we are to go.
“I call to remembrance my song in the night:
I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary, who is so great a God as our God; Thou art the God that doest wonders. thou hast declared thy strength among the people.” Psalm 77:6, 11-14.
When the heart is unsure, remember.
The faithfulness of God is our hope, bringing with it assurance and joy.
When was the last time you woke in the night with a song in your heart?
The works of the Lord.
What work of the Lord has shown his Presence in your life?
The wonders of old.
What favorite scripture reveals to you the wonder of God?
Ponder the questions in your heart and set your mind to make diligent search in God’s word. Enter into the holy of holies to find your answers.
“if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Col. 3:1-2.
Seek the things from above-life, truth, all that is eternal and not temporary. Think on these things and…
Give praise to our God for there is none like Him, none so great. Speak often of His wonder and works.
A prepared heart is the beginning of a life lived in integrity.
In my next post I hope to look at how the prepared heart seeks, does, and teaches others as we visit Ezra’s example and learn to grow in integrity.
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