“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Matthew 5:8, NIV
The Psalmist said to the Lord, “…in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You…” (Psalm 64:7-8) Earlier in that Psalm the Psalmist cried “My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You…” (vs.1) In Psalm 24, the Psalmist asks, “Who can ascend unto the hill of the Lord? Who can stand in His holy place?” The answer follows, “he that has clean hands and a pure heart.” (vs. 3-4) We can chase after God all we want but it is the “pure in heart” who will catch Him.
The holiness of God requires the purity of those with whom He fellowships. Of course, our true purity is only by faith in the blood of Jesus, which washes us white as snow. (Hebrews 9:13) But, there must be a willful practical purity. Moment by moment, we must choose between purity and filthiness of heart. We are responsible for making that choice every day, and we have the Holy Spirit to help us. (Hebrews 10:26, 29) Even when we make a choice for “purity,” we are still not sinless.(1 John 1:8) Sinless perfection is not what God requires. It is a pure and perfect heart of desire towards Him that He requires. “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
It is a humility that longs for Him and longs to please Him more than anything else. Humility and purity are partners in the pursuit of God’s presence. (Read Proverbs 30:12-13 and James 4:6-7)
QUESTION: Where and when is it most difficult for you to choose purity? Commit it to prayer and watch God transform your desires.