As a young girl, I must have held that pencil too tightly when learning to write. Ever since, I have lived with a callous on my finger where the pencil pressed. It used to be tender years ago. But as I continued writing, the callous got harder. Now I hardly notice that hard bump that slightly deforms my finger. It does not give me any trouble and it allows me to write any way I want.
Today’s verse uses the word, “callous,” to describe a heart that is unfeeling. This heart used to be soft and tender, able to feel pain and conviction. But now, by repeating a response over and over, it has become callous and insensitive. It has built up protective tissue around it and remains hard and unchanged. The arrogant wicked do not keep God’s law. They are sure to know better and likely feel they are above the law. They maybe did not start out that way but grew callous over the years.
What a contrast the author makes to himself! His heart is soft and yielding, not only keeping God’s law but delighting in it. I want my heart to be just that soft. But delighting in His Word is an acquired taste. It comes from continually reading and thinking on it. Just as callouses are formed from a repetitive activity, so a soft heart that delights in the Lord comes from repeatedly spending time with Him. My heart is so prone to becoming hard and stubborn, wanting my own way.
Lord, keep my heart soft and yielded to You.