Matters of the Heart

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  – Psalm 73:26
 
For my entire life, I have been plagued with the understanding that heart disease is common in my family. My maternal grandfather died of a heart attack before I was born. As a kid, I remember visiting my maternal grandmother in the hospital after her triple bypass surgery. My paternal grandfather had congestive heart failure, and my paternal grandmother had high blood pressure. Heart disease runs in my family, and I know that as I get older, I will probably experience some type of heart trouble. It reminds me of my mortality.
 
As humans, we are neither invincible nor unbreakable. We know that we will eventually come to a time when our bodies will fail us. But the good news is that we do not have to live in fear because while our flesh and heart may fail, God is the strength of our heart and portion forever. In this psalm, we are reminded that we are blessed when we draw near to God because God is our strength, our counsel, our guide, and our refuge. No matter what we may face on this earth, we can have the assurance of God’s presence with us.
 
How do you find strength in your relationship with God? In what ways have you felt God’s presence as you draw near to God? Eventually, our minds, our bodies, and our hearts may fail…but God’s promises never fail us.
 
Have a great week and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00 AM!
 
Grace and peace,
Matt
 
P.S. If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to help those in our community affected by poverty, I want to invite you to join me on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00 PM at the Royston Housing Authority for the Community Resource Services Annual Meeting. Community Resource Services (CRS) is a new organization in our community that exists to help people get out of poverty. We have partnered with CRS this past year, and I have been honored to work with this organization. If you would like to know more or if you would like to attend the Annual Meeting, send me an e-mail and I will be happy to tell you more.