Soften my heart
Isa 6: 1-3 In the same year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a grand throne way up high with a flowing cape that filled the whole temple. 2 Bright flaming creatures waited on Him. Each had six wings: two covering its face, two covering its feet, and two for flying. 3 Like some fiery choir, they would call back and forth continually. Holy, holy, holy is the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies! The earth is filled with His glorious presence!
Keith Green wrote some amazing lyrics. The late singer/songwriter had a way of encapsulating complex themes in the simplest words.
I’ve listened over and over through the years to his short song of petition, “My eyes are dry”, I love its complex simplicity, it always moves me. It’s the cry of someone desperate for more of God … I want to be that person – always crying out for more.
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me
But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of Your Blood
Worship takes us to the Throne Room where we see Him in His Glory. How we respond to seeing Him is a matter of the heart. If our heart has become cold and hard, we will walk away unmoved, though still perhaps encouraged by being in His Presence. If our heart is soft we will be moved and will cry out for more of His Grace and Power to renew and change us into His image.
The Prophet Isaiah, during a time when he was suffering the pain of loss in his life, suddenly encounters God in His magnificent Glory as he worshiped in the Temple. His response was “ I am in so much trouble! I’m ruined! I’m just a human being—fallible and stammering. My lips are encrusted with filth; and I live among people just like me. But here I am, and I’ve seen with my very own eyes none other than the King, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies. Isa 6:5 Isaiah was overwhelmed by His sense of inadequacy and poverty, and more than that …. His past negative and perhaps destructive conversation, which had flowed from a hardened heart … For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Mat 12:34.
Confrontation with a Holy God can be a painful experience, yet it is His great Love that reaches into our lives and confronts us with the reality of who we are. His desire is to use us. So He touches us with fire, purifies and restores our hearts to that pliable state of innocence, softened again by the touch of God. There is no reproof, no lecture, no condemnation, just love, forgiveness and cleansing.
Many things harden our heart. Its not important to list them, it is just important to know that whatever causes us to lose the softness of our hearts is a cancer. However small something starts it will always grow and create hard places within, causing us to be unmoved by His Presence.
As you spend today seeking Him, you can do no better than ask Him to soften your heart. Take the oil, the Spirit of Love, apply it to your heart and spend an intimate time with Jesus asking Him to wash, cleanse and renew your heart by the wine of His blood.
How effectively you do this will determine how well you hear His voice ….. “Who shall I send” …. He is looking to release you into a new chapter of your walk with Him.
Is your heart soft enough to respond?