Hearts a Bustin’

7 Jun

Hearts-a-Bustin'

When I was a brand-new believer working as a landscaper in North Georgia, Psalm 51 was the first passage in the Bible that became a rhema word to me.  I’m using the word rhema to mean not just a word that I read which would be logos, but a word that spoke to my heart in a deep and profound way.   I saw my sin so clearly.

 3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.

Hearts a Bustin’ (eonymus americanus) became a symbol for me of the ache I felt for the sin I had committed.  I collected them and dried them in a little tea cup and I drew them and wrote about them.  To me the Hearts-a-Bustin’ represented my broken and contrite heart.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

I was and am so glad that God has made me clean and restored me.  The peace and joy that flowed through me when I read this Psalm are indescribable:

7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Today I am so thankful for the Word of God–especially those portions that have been rhema to my heart.

Photo courtesy:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinlabar

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