God’s Gift of Perfection Series
Chapter 8 – Part 2
More than once we have said the the root of all perfection lies in the wholeheartedness of the perfect heart.
But it is only the root and beginning. There is another element that must not be neglected. God is to be found in His will; he who would truly find and fully enjoy God, must meet Him in all His will. This is not always understood. A man may have his heart intent on serving God perfectly, and yet may be unconscious of how very imperfect his knowledge of God’s will is. The very earnestness of his purpose and his consciousness of integrity toward God may deceive him. As far as he knows, he does God’s will. But he forgets how much of that blessed will he does not yet know. He can learn a very blessed lesson from the writer of our psalm.
Hear how he speaks: “I have refrained my feet from every evil way”; “I hate every false way”; “I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right.” It is this surrender to a life of entire and perfect obedience that explains the need he felt of divine teaching, and the confidence with which he pleaded for it and expected it. “Let my heart be perfect in Thy testimonies.” The soul that longs for nothing less than to be perfect – and in deep consciousness of its need of a divine teaching, pleads for it – will not be disappointed.
In our next mediation we pass on to the New Testament. In the Old Testament we have the time of preparation – the awakening of the spirit of holy expectancy – awaiting God’s fulfillment of His promises. In the Old Testament, the perfect heart was the vessel, emptied and cleansed for God’s filling. In the New Testament, we will find Christ perfected forevermore, perfecting us, and fitting us to walk perfect in Him. In the New Testament, the word that looks at the human side, perfect in heart, disappears to give place to that which reveals the diving filling that awaits the prepared vessel: Perfect Love; God’s love perfected in us 1 John 4:12.
“Blessed are the perfect in the way!” We have heard the testimony of an Old Testament saint, and is it not written of New Testament times,
“He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David” Zechariah 12:8.
Surely now, in the fullness of time, when Jesus our High Priest saves completely in the power of an endless life, and the Holy Spirit has come out of God’s heaven to dwell within us and be our life – surely now there need not be one word of the psalm that is not meant to be literal truth in the mouth of every believer. Let us read it once more. Speaking it word for word before God as its writer did, we too will begin to sing,
“Blessed are the perfect in the way,…that seek Him with the whole heart.”
“I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart” Psalm 101:2
Previously Perfect In Heart – Part 1