Make the words of your mouth and
the thoughts in your heart be pleasing to God.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matt 5:8)
That's what I want. I want to see God. I want to be pure in heart.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart
who does not lift his soul up to an idol
or swear by what is false (Ps 24:3-4).
I want to ascend the hill of the Lord.
I want to stand in his holy place.
I want to have clean hands
and a pure heart.
But too often, I am not willing to give up my idols.
Too often, I compromise.
The words of the Lord are pure like silver refined in a furnace of clay purified seven times (Ps 12:6).
Another version says they are flawless.
I want the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart to be pleasing to the Lord (Ps 19:14)
The Hebrew word for pure comes from a root word meaning to be bright or uncontaminated.
I want that.
I want to be uncontaminated by the influences and lusts of this world.
By my negative thinking.
I want my words to emulate those that come from the mouth of God.
I found this very cool video on Youtube. While they're not using a clay furnace, but a modern torch, it's still a great spiritual lesson. He says, "You have to be vigilant" (in melting the metal down). During a classroom lecture, he says that in biblical times, when they melted metal down, the way you knew it was pure silver was that you could see your own reflection in the metal--meaning that when you could see your own reflection, you'd be reflecting the character of God. Purity.
So when we begin sliding down the slippery slope of negative thinking, we can quickly turn it around by filling our minds with thoughts that are pure, uncontaminated, flawless; thoughts that would please God; thoughts that God Himself would think and say about us, about others, about our situations.
It's not always easy.
Sometimes we need to sit in the refiner's fire at very hot temperatures for a long time.
Maybe seven times.
Until the dross and impurities are burned away.
Until we reflect God.
Until we can think on thoughts that are pure.
He is full of wisdom, and we can have that too.
But wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)
Sounds like a good plan to follow. Lord, teach us, show us, instruct us in the way.
Blessings Along the Path,
Song of the Day
Psalm 24: Lift Up Your Heads (Sons of Korah)
Refiner's Fire (Brian Doerksen)
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