“Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.” Psalm 28:1
If you want to know what your heart is trusting in, ask yourself this question: “What is it that, if I lost it, would cause my world to fall apart?” Or another way to put it: “If I didn’t have _____ I would die.” Fill in the blank and now you know what your heart is really trusting in deep down.
Let me warn you, this is a dangerous question to ask and answer because, provided you answer it honestly, it just might shock you. You see, as Christians we say that we are trusting in Jesus but our hearts sometimes secretly trust in something else. It is one thing to say we believe the Gospel and to say that we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ but it is another thing altogether to actually do it at the level of our hearts.
In David’s prayer above, his heart is exposed. David exclaims that he would die, his world would fall apart, if the Lord was “silent” to him. If David didn’t have God, he would sink “down into the pit.” If David was asked either of the questions above, his answer would truly and sincerely be: “God.”
This is why David was able to live such a dynamic and victorious life. Sure, David made a number of mistakes, but he also fearlessly ventured much for the Lord. How was David able to live like that? Since David’s foundation, at the level of his heart, was God, David was enabled to live without fear. This is what caused David to be different than his peers. Deep down, at the level of his “real self,” David relied upon God.
What do you really trust in?
Your world will rise or fall based upon what you trust in. So, you see, if you trust in anything in the world you will be disappointed. Because everything in the world is subject to change. If your heart is relying upon your Spouse, you will be devastated when they die. If your heart is relying upon your Children, you will be depressed when they disobey you or get into trouble. If your heart is relying upon your job, you will be despondent when you lose it or get passed over for a promotion.
If your heart is trusting in anything in this world you are destined for heartbreak. But there is One who isn’t subject to change. He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There is a Foundation that you can build upon that will never disappoint you, which will “never leave you nor forsake you.” If you set your heart upon God you are destined for Glory, for God has set his heart upon you.
So, how do you go about setting your heart on God? Let me suggest prayer. In the quiet and secrecy of your prayer closet, go to God your great joy. Ask Him to set your heart upon Him. Take your Bible with you and pour over the Psalms. Preach to your own heart the glorious truth of the Gospel.
No one’s heart is perfect. Jeremiah the Prophet warned us that the heart is a tricky thing. But exposing your heart to God is the first step. The goal is not perfection, just honesty. Be honest with the Lord and allow Him to change you from the inside out.
Above all, keep this in your mind: God hath made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Say with all the saints, “We care for no other knowledge in the world save this, that God hath made Him to be our sin, and us His righteousness.” Cast all your cares upon God, He cares for you.