Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
We have all heard or are familiar with this famous verse: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)
This verse was in conjunction during the time that God was choosing a king for Judah. And we all know who the Lord ended up picking: David. He was a 15 year old shepherd who was less in height and stature than his older brothers. It was the shock of the century to pick such a young boy who outwardly did not fit the bill and had no prior experience in a leadership role, let alone ruling a kingdom.
But, when we see God choosing a man such as David, it encourages us fellow folks that our God sees us drastically different than how we see ourselves. It later on says that, “…Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 16:13) Soon there after, David sleighed the most feared foe in the Phillistines’ army with only a rock and sling shot. This was only the beginning of David’s accomplishments.
When it comes to the pure in heart, David is probably the most well-known biblical figure that comes to everyone’s mind. But, as you read his story in it’s entirety, there are many times David falls short and disobeys the Lord, and we see how long the process was before he abdicated the throne. Yet, God in His all-knowing character, still labeled David as a man after His own heart. Remember, God’s love for us and how He sees us is never contingent upon our good deeds.
God knows that being pure in heart is a Spirit-filled process that will never stop until we see Him face to face. (Philippians 1:6) But as Jesus states, the pure in heart will see God. That’s a promise. Like David, we will be able to see God in both the victories and defeats. He saw God when he hid in a cave from Saul (Psalm 34:18), when he confessed his sins to the Lord (Psalm 32), and when he conquered terrifying enemies (1 Samuel 23).
Bottom line is we will always make mistakes and fall short. But, as we read these beauttidues and see the process of living a Spirit-filled life, we know that word of God is our gage for everything. And when I say everything, I mean e v e r y t h i n g. As we are filled with truth, God will slowly and mercifully convict and purify us.
No matter what stage you are in right now- fallen from grace, walking through the valley, or singing on the mountaintop- allow God to purify your heart with His word so you can see Him in all things. After this, our lives will drastically change as we see God every day, everywhere, and in everything.