A Heart Set On God
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.” Psalm 91:14
Who (or what) do you love so completely, so unconditionally, so deeply and passionately, that all other loves pale compared to that love? Now there are all kinds of loves, but the love of God that we can know and express should excel all others. That love is ours to set on whatever we choose. On whom or what we set that love will determine on whom we also set our faith and expectation of life, provision, hope, protection, defense, comfort, help, healing, wisdom, strength and peace now and for all eternity.
For all these things there is only One on whom we can confidently and without disappointment set our love. Jesus Christ alone is that One and with Him are the Father and the Holy Spirit.
When our love is truly set on, grounded and anchored in the Lord it means our allegiance, our loyalty, our faith and confidence is in no other person or thing, not even our own minds. Anything vying to compete with that love is immediately put down so that love is never shaken or overwhelmed by difficult times, tests or trials.
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7
Now there’s plenty out there that comes to steal our love of God, to draw us in the way of doubt and fear, but the heart that is fixed on Him will never be disappointed even if it has go through times of persecution or tribulation.
“And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.” Mark 4:16-17
The heart that is set on the Lord lives in the real world, but does not surrender or succumb to the darkness and evil in it. Persecutions come because they are intended by the devil to derail us from our love of God. The ungrounded, unfixed, shallow heart is easily offended by life’s struggles and is more inclined to throw its hand in the air and give up than to stand firm, and unmoved until God’s love intervenes and overcomes them.
Now there are all kinds of persecutions and few are confrontational on a person-to-person level. Most are in areas of our lives that we wouldn’t think to characterize as persecutions, but they are. All things that challenge our faith and attack us to make us doubt God is a form of persecution: sickness, disease, suffering, financial, mental or physical stresses, relational challenges, disappointments, fears, griefs, sorrows all come to steal the Word from our hearts.
But none of these can penetrate the heart that is set on the Lord.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
God’s deliverance will come for the one whose love is set on Him. There’s an old saying among many of the people where I grew up that says. “He may not come when you call Him but He’s always right on time.”
God will lift up the one who has been knocked back on their heels and overwhelmed by life’s attacks. He will set us back up on our feet and then lift us up to the place of honor and exaltation far above all the evil powers of this world and make us to sit together with Christ in Heavenly places.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…” Ephesians 2:4-8
Because we know His name in the fullness of its meaning for our lives we live always with a confidence and expectant hope in that name to sustain us and to keep us, to deliver us and open to us the good treasures of His love for all our days, in all that we say and do in His name to the glory of God our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.