The Ultimate Reward

Chic Broersma

READ : Matthew 5:8
Psalm 73:24-26

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (v. 8)

People have always wondered who is good enough to stand before God. David’s answer was, “he who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Ps. 24:4). Jesus charged the scribes and Pharisees with cleaning the outside of the cup while the inside was full of evil (see Luke 11:39). Jesus stressed inner cleanness. In his unique style he taught many truths from the book of Proverbs, including the warning, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov. 4:23). People who are pure in heart are not perfect, but they do have an uncluttered devotion to God.

Most of us want God, but we also want “this, that, and the other thing.” Even worthy loves such as the love of spouse or children can cause us to compromise our love for God. There is a place for each of these loves, but the chief place in our hearts must be for God alone. God, seeking our best, wants to reorder the loves of our lives.

What does it mean to see God? It is to be near God, to know God, and to find your greatest joy in him. King David’s moral faults are well known, but no one can charge him with lacking a focused devotion to God. He said, “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Ps. 17:15).

PRAYER

Lord, I want to see you. Purify my heart.