As many of you know, I have been dealing with heart-related problems for almost 20 years. Because of this, I am “all ears” when someone is talking about a “healthy heart.” Everyone knows the human heart is a vital part of normal body functions. When you study the Bible, you realize God has a lot to say about our “spiritual heart” as well. While there seems to be no limit to who God is willing to use, the one kind of person God does not use is someone who is living halfheartedly.
I don't know the current condition of your heart, but if you want to prepare yourself to be used by God, that is where it has to start. The writer of Psalm 119 seems to realize this, and he reveals three things you need to know when it comes to having a healthy heart.
- Know What to Hate. "I hate the double-minded, but I love your law." (Psalm 119:13)
Training yourself to hate the things that hurt you can be a powerful motivating force for change. For example, if you want to develop healthier habits, learn to hate the effects of the unhealthy ones. Learning what to love is crucial, but learning what to hate can be just as important.
- Know Where to Hide. "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word." (Psalm 119:14)
When things get difficult, we all have a hiding place we tend to run to. It’s where you choose to hide that makes all the difference. For some, their hiding place is harmful and creates even more damage. If you want to weather the storms of life and keep your heart healthy, you need to find a healthy hiding place. God's Word, worship, or even the presence of people who build you up, are good places to go.
- Know How to Hope. "Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!" (Psalm 119:16)
Knowing how to hope is often the difference-maker for keeping a commitment. Most of us hope incorrectly because we expect things immediately. Over time, disappointment from unrealistic expectations can sometimes train our hearts to stop hoping. If you want a healthy heart, don't put your hope in quick fixes. Anchor your hope in the bedrock of God's promises!