Bless Your Heart
From Psalm 132
Hope from Today's Reading:
"I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy." (Psalm 132:15-16 ESV)
Ordinarily, taking on a house guest comes with a sizable to-do list. Though we love the company, we may avoid offering an invitation simply because we dread the work.
This is especially true when the one we're to invite is Aunt So-and-So. You know who I'm talking about. The one in your family who looks down her nose at everything. "Oh, bless your heart—your vacuum must have quit when you got to this corner." She's particular, highly critical, and has all the answers, graciously offering them to you every moment of every day, every chance she gets.
The Lord is so not your aunt.
Yes, He wants to be invited not only into your home, but into your heart (John 14:17). Yes, He is perfect and holy and actually does have all the answers. Yes, accepting Him into your heart requires a bit of work—some cleaning and sweeping in the corners, some throwing out and tidying up and taking in. But friend, read the verse from Psalm 132 quoted above.
This is what the Lord does for and in the place where He is invited to dwell. Abundant provision. Satisfied appetites. The gifts of salvation and joy.
He is not your ordinary house guest. He does not take up residence with constant criticism, down-His-nose perfection, or neediness (see Acts 17:25). Rather, He wants to be invited in so He can give to you. Ultimately, He's the One doing the work, and praise Him, it's all in an effort to "abundantly bless" your heart.