God's Light

Nothing Is Hidden From God

John Rackliffe Discipleship, Faith 8 Comments

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.  (Psalm 19:14)

Psalm 19 is one of the greatest declarations of the sovereignty of God in the Bible.  David writes the words to the Choirmaster of the great ancient hymn,

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.”
(v 1-3)

Nothing is hidden from God; our words, our thoughts and even the meditations (intentions) of our hearts are in full view of our Creator and our Father.  Jesus reminds us of this in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7), that God’s law extends to the intent of the heart and sin is committed in the meditation of the heart whether or not that intent becomes action. 

God is With Us Always

David did not need to have Jesus tell him this truth.  He understood that God was with him always, and he knew his very thoughts.  In yet another hymn, David writes, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me….Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” (Psalm 139:1-4)  Who can escape from God’s omnipotence and omnipresence?

This fact should give us both fear and comfort.  Fear that our Savior is one who our very thoughts should, at all times revere; and comfort in knowing that he loves us so much that he gave His Son as a sacrifice for the sins of our hearts before we were born.  It is out of fear and reverence that we should strive in His grace to be more like Jesus and less like ourselves with each passing day.  And as we continue to understand more fully how important and impactful our words and actions are, the attitudes of our hearts will continue to align more closely with the words of Jesus as he spoke to the crowd, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

God's Light

Father thank you for your word and your ever-presence around us.  Pour out your grace upon us as we are humbled by Your holiness and offended by the words that proceed from our mouths out of impure hearts.  Cleanse us all in the blood of Jesus as we grow in thought, word and deed.  In Jesus name we pray and in the power of the Holy Spirit we learn.  

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Blessings!

John

Comments 8

  1. Evangelize To Me

    Hi John and Kim! When I read the first lines of this post, Linda Ronstadt started singing in my brain. She sings this verse so beautifully.

    I guess I didn’t know that thoughts were sins. I though it was only if we acted on them that they became sinful. I’ll have to think about this concept.

    I certainly do need the flowing grace of the Spirit every moment of my life. Beautiful prayer at the end.

    Happy Weekend! From Weekend Brew,
    Ceil

    1. john rackliffe

      Ceil,
      Let me clarify. Thoughts are not sins. My reference to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) was speaking to attitudes of the heart. Jesus said if we hold hatred in our hearts for our brother, we are guilty of murder (Read: Matthew 5: 21-26). Likewise regarding adultery he said, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”(Matthew 5: 27-28) Jesus certainly raised the bar but I don’t believe he meant that every thought was a sin and you are right that acting on the thought is sinful. Paul writes that we are to, “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:3-6)

      I just wanted to be clear. However, don’t depend on me read it for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for clarity.

      Blessings!
      John

    1. Kim

      So glad you visited today and let me back to your place. Beautiful words on Hope St. Blessings and thank you for your kind words here.

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