My Heart and Flesh

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“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (Psalm 84:1-2 ESV)

What an amazing thought! The psalmist says, “my heart and my flesh sing for joy…”; describing a person who is wholly committed to worshipping God.

Jesus said to Peter, “the heart is willing but the flesh is weak.” Which means sometimes you don’t always do what you should. The want to is there, but the follow through is lacking.

However, worship which is from the heart will cause one’s flesh to express the love and gratitude of the heart! The heart sings with joy, and the flesh yields to join in the celebration.

A life of true, holy worship will help one tame their flesh; it will become trained to worship and to obey the One it worships.

The life of a worshipper is a life which affects those around them.

“What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.” (Psalm 84:5-7 NLT)

The worshipper, because of God’s tangible Presence on their life (out of their heart flows rivers of living water), transform valleys of weeping into refreshing springs! Weeping yields to joy! Sorrow turns into gladness!

Worship changes the heart; and a heart changed by God’s Presence conquers flesh.

Gaze upon the Lord’s loveliness and tender mercies. Set your heart on His demonstrated love, and it will soar at the very mention of His Name!

You will say with the psalmist, “my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God!”