With the recent rains, our local hills are green and beautiful. And the wildflowers have put on quite a show this year. But not everything that grows is welcome! I knew that if I did not attack our hill soon, the weeds would be much more difficult to clear. The warm drier weather will soon arrive and that ground will harden and be unforgiving. But for now, the ground is soft and easily gives up the roots to those nasty weeds.
Today’s verse describes the rains and what they do for the land. This psalm describes God’s abundant blessings on this earth including His forgiveness when overwhelmed with sin (verse 3). There was special blessing for those who God brought near to live in His courts (verse 4). His blessings are sometimes depicted as rain on thirsty ground. And when we realize that what is good in our lives comes from Him (James 1:17) it can soften our hearts with gratitude. Soft hearts not only soak up His blessings but also hear and obey His voice. But we can harden our hearts when we ignore His voice (Hebrews 4:7).
I want the soil of my heart to be soft . I want the weeds of sin and the roots of bitterness to be easily removed. When I stubbornly choose to ignore His convicting voice, I can almost feel my heart hardening. I belong to Him and so I can expect Him to correct and reprimand me. When my heart is soft and I respond with humility the experience does not have to last very long and is a lot less painful. He is waiting to love on me with His forgiveness!
Lord, keep my heart soft towards You.