“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.” Psalm 95:8-9
“Today” – today is the only day that matters. Decisions TODAY are eternal. “If you hear” – do I hear – am I listening to the voice of God? “Do not harden your heart”- is my heart hardened? How do I harden my heart? Meribah means quarreling. Massah means testing. Does repeated quarreling with God, rather than agreeing and obeying make my heart hard? Does trying His patience again and again render me more and more stubborn, insensible and dead to the stimulation of His Spirt?
Are we the walking dead? While God tried reaching us day after day, month after month, year after year, were we self destructing by ignoring Him, arguing with Him, and living life on our own terms. This is about believers, not agnostics or atheists. The verses in Psalm 95 are addressed to the people of God. We may wonder why we feel lifeless, without joy or peace or passion, when indeed we have sown death in our own hearts.
Yet, today is today, and we may push the code blue button, crying out for resuscitation. Our Father will come and thump our hearts to life again. Our Savior, His Son, will breathe His breath of life into our lungs again. Today is today, and we can choose to listen to the voice of God – to repent of demanding our own way – to decide to live life by His Kingdom principles and ways – to walk humbly with our God.
Oh, Mighty Father, give me power, as Guardian of my own heart, to choose to listen to you today – power to keep my heart soft and healthy. Lord, I want a soft heart; the kind of heart that makes You smile.