I was meditating on “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Psalm 95:7,8, Hebrews 3:7, 8, 15; 4:7
Seeing the importance of a soft heart in hearing the voice of the Lord, I was recognizing how easily my heart shifts from believing to unbelief, and from obedience to rebellion, simply because I choose to harden my response. But even more powerful is the Lord’s provision of mercy, forgiveness, and freedom. As quickly I walk out of the light, I can return if I simply take ownership of my actions, thoughts, and emotions and bring them to Jesus.
Below is a short poem that rose inside my heart as a result of these musings.
In Your mercy, You forgive and forget whatever I did.
I fell in love with the world, and the love of the Father fell out of me.
I hardened my heart, and unbelief grew.
I became offended, and a root of bitterness sprang up.
I tried to control, and the Lord opposed me.
I accused God, and the Lord became silent.
I became circumcised, and Christ was of no profit to me.
I justified myself in the law and fell from grace.
I trusted that I was righteous and despised others.
I hated my brother and walked into darkness.
But all I have to do is own it, confess it, and receive His mercy. He is merciful, faithful to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness, and He forgets all I did. Hebrews 8:12, 1 John 1:9