I came across this word this morning in my journey through the Word and I thought it sounded like me. It sounds to me like someone who is not super complex or complicated. To be simple-hearted, one must be free of deceit and sincere. That is noble and attainable. I am serious about simply seeking the heart of God in my daily life. I don’t need any fanfare or a spotlight, I just believe that seeking the heart of Creator God is at the center of the reason I’m alive on this planet. The Psalmist must have felt similar. Check this out…
1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the simplehearted;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living. (Psalm 116:1-2; 5-9 NIV)
I look back on my journey through suffering and I learned to lean upon the Lord and lean into Him to navigate some very dark places. I felt like life dealt me a pretty hard hand during those times, but I learned some eternal lessons in the middle of the struggle. You may try to make a case that the Lord doesn’t exist or isn’t involved in the life of His kids, but you won’t convince me. I’m simplehearted for God because I’ve experienced first-hand His Presence and His Power to walk with through the valley of pain and suffering. I’ve also learned that He doesn’t miss any opportunity of struggle and suffering to teach me more about His heart.
I simply want to follow the Lord all my days – whether hard or easy. I want to follow Him in sunshine and in the storm. I am a simple man with a simple plan to follow the Lord the rest of my days on earth.