Heart and Home

A pleasant elderly couple, who attended the church I attend, came to me one day and said, "We have moved into a new house, and we'd like you to come and dedicate it." So I went to the house, read the Scriptures, prayed and dedicated that house to the glory of the Lord.

What is the most important part of a house? At first you might say the foundation, the heating system or the plumbing. But the most important part of a house is the home. And the most important part of that home is the hearts of the people who live there.

That's what David said when He was dedicating his house to the Lord. "I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart" (Ps.101:2). If you want to wreck your house, start wrecking your home. And if you want to wreck your home, start wrecking your heart. But if you want your house and your home to be all that God wants them to be, then make your heart perfect.

What is a perfect heart? It's one that has integrity, wholeness and oneness--a heart that is not divided. Nobody can serve two masters. No one can plow and look back. You need to have a heart that is integrated and united. "Unite my heart to fear Your name," David said (Ps. 86:11). He walked around his new house and said, "I want my heart to be perfect, to be wholly fixed upon the Lord. I want Him to reign supremely in my home, because He reigns supremely in my heart."

Can you say the same?

Your heart affects your home. Both need to be dedicated to the Lord. Are you fixed upon the Lord ? Does He reign in your home? Determine to walk with integrity always and to make yours a united heart that serves God.

[ Reference Scriptures ]

Psalm 101:1-8
1 I will sing of your love and justice;
   to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life -
   when will you come to me?
   I will walk in my house
   with blameless heart.
3 I will set before my eyes
   no vile thing.
   The deeds of faithless men I hate;
   they will not cling to me.
4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
   I will have nothing to do with evil.
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret,
   him will I put to silence;
   whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,
   him will I not endure.
6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
   that they may dwell with me;
   he whose walk is blameless
   will minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceit
   will dwell in my house;
   no one who speaks falsely
   will stand in my presence.
8 Every morning I will put to silence
   all the wicked in the land;
   I will cut off every evildoer
   from the city of the LORD.

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