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Lest They Depart From Your Heart

September 22, 2014

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Lest  They Depart  From Your Heart

Moses  had a deep  and dedicated concern  for the future welfare  of the children  of Israel.     That is demonstrated  in the book  of Deuteronomy  where Moses reviewed many  of the wonderful things  the LORD  had done  for the Israelites  —  along with showing them  that all  of the LORD’s statutes  and judgments  were a real blessing  to them.     Israel was a great nation  because the LORD’s word  had shown them  what an honest  and true righteousness  is really like.     The LORD’s leading  on what is truly good  and right  is far superior  to the so-called wisdom  that the idolatrous nations promote.

So  in Deuteronomy 4:9,  Moses tells the people,

Only give heed  to yourself  and keep  your soul diligently,  lest you forget the things  which your eyes  have seen,  and lest they depart  from your heart  all the days  of your life;  but make them known  to your sons  and your grandsons.

We all need  to pay close attention  to what is  in our heart  and mind.     And,  we all need to  “keep your soul diligently”.     If we don’t  “diligently”  watch over our thoughts,  feelings,  and faith,  the falseness  of this world  will soon  have us convinced  that our sins  are A-Okay.     It doesn’t take  all that long  for us  to dumb down  our conscience  and develop a hardened heart  towards all  that is good  and right  in God’s eyes.     In order to justify  our sinful tendencies,  we will purposely —  and rather belligerently  —  “forget the things  which your eyes  have seen”.

We have not literally seen  the parting  of the Red Sea  —  but we have seen  all the Old Testament prophecies  of our Savior  come true  in Christ Jesus.

We must  “keep your soul diligently”  before our sins change us  “all the days  of your life”.     It is vital  to be careful  “lest they depart  from your heart”.     Purposely putting God’s word  out of sight  —  out  of mind,  will make God’s word  “depart  from your heart”.     Then,  every moral aspect  of our lives  will go  down the tube.

The statutes,  judgments,  and laws that God gave  to the Israelites had a much better purpose than the Israelites realized.     Their purpose is put into different words  in Galatians 5:22-23,

But the fruit  of the Spirit  is love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.

More  of God’s purpose is shown us  in Colossians 3:12-14,

So,  as those  who have been chosen  of God,  holy and beloved,  put on a heart  of compassion,  kindness,  humility,  gentleness  and patience;  bearing with one another,  and forgiving each other,  whoever has a complaint against anyone;  just as the Lord forgave you,  so also should you.     Beyond all these things  put on love,  which is the perfect bond  of unity.

All this wisdom  of God’s ways  we need  to share  with our children  and grandchildren  so that their hearts  will  “diligently”  look  to the Lord  for their guidance.     Then together,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your wondrous word  and love  keep us close  to You.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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