The health of our physical hearts can be determined through blood tests that measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as, high density and low density lipoprotein. If these are not in balance heart disease creates all kinds of issues including hardening of the arteries.
Psalm 95 encourages having a spiritually healthy heart by singing, praising and worshiping the Lord who is our great God and King. Moreover, the Psalmist warns against our hearts hardening and going a astray by not knowing and following God’s ways. From experience I am aware that my heart has less “dis-ease” and stays softer toward others when I prayerfully praise God throughout the day.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
~Psalm 95:6, 7a (ESV)
This Lent may we, who are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand, keep our hearts healthy by not straying from God who so tenderly shepherds us. Take a few moments and consider deeply what it means to be held in the good Shepherd’s hand.
Lord, we ask for the grace to love you, our good Shepherd, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.