The Heart of the Matter
The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

I started taking guitar lessons in middle school. I liked the teacher, the guitar shop, the musicians always lingering in the hazy room laying down their rock riffs, the rows of lacquered guitars whispering “buy me.” All of that was great, but what I enjoyed most was sneaking over to the donut shop next door before the lesson and buying two cream horns, one for me, and one for my teacher. And what made the cream horn glorious was the amazing creamy center. 

I don’t play much guitar anymore, and do my best to avoid donuts, but it’s interesting to me how often the center of something reveals its essence, we even say things like “the crux of the matter” or “the heart of the matter.” Hebrew poetry, like the Psalms, often works this way as well. Many of the Psalms have the center verse as their main point. So it’s fascinating to me that the center chapter of the Bible is Psalm 117. It’s also the shortest chapter in the Bible, just two verses. Notice how it begins and ends:

[1] Praise the LORD, all nations!

Extol him, all peoples!

[2] For great is his steadfast love toward us,

and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.

Praise the LORD! 

So much of life is rightly ordered when we focus on giving praise to the Lord. When we focus on His greatness it helps to put our temporary problems into perspective. It also helps us to believe the truth of John 16:33, our November memory verse, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” In Psalm 117, we’re specifically called to praise the Lord for his steadfast love and faithfulness. 

As you gather with family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, also take time to give praise to the Lord for his steadfast love and faithfulness. Begin your days praying for God to remind you of ways He has shown his love and faithfulness to you. Grab a notebook or a sheet of paper and try to write a few down as they come to mind. Even five minutes a morning can have a big influence on your heart of gratitude and bring increased joy to your life. By doing so you will be counting ‘your many blessings’, as the old hymn says. You’ll also be driving out the heavy cares of the world that tend to weigh down our hearts and draw us away from Christ.

I’m praying for God to give you great wisdom this week and an increased sense of his blessings and favor in your life. God is working through Valley View to reach PRP, Valley Station, and all of Southwest Louisville!

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