January 14, 2008 Ration

Matthew 5:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

The pure in heart do not have to wait for their death-breath to see God. The pure in heart have the capacities to begin seeing God in this life as He reveals Himself to man through all of His creation, His Son, and His Word. The pure in heart are not fogged over by truth-suppression, resulting in the inability to see God’s divine nature, eternal power, and invisible attributes in all things pleasurable. Artist, it is the pure in heart that will secure the incalculable blessings of seeing and enjoying God for all that He is.

Of course this is all moot if you have no desire within you to see God. Which is, unnervingly, the natural state for every man. An evil heart we all have from birth. Don’t fool yourself here artist, “…for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth…", says the Lord (Genesis 8:21). The natural man’s heart demands to be God, not see God. And so he will work all day in his toil towards that end, which only breeds defilement in an already defiled heart. Measure a man’s, an artist's, apathy or disdain to see and enjoy God as God, and you will discern the carnality of his heart.

But we hear Jesus begin with the word “blessed.” This word has a much bigger footprint than we initially attribute to it. A pure heart does not have its origin in a pure man. There is no such thing. A pure heart is the evidence that God has begun to bless a man. "And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20).

No one will see God (in a positive sense) without a pure heart. And no one has one. Which is why you are blessed by God when He creates one in you, because then you will be able to see Him! "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!"

In all of history, God has yet to reveal Himself to man in the fullness of His glory. The pure in heart are blessed; they will see God’s fullness! They are given entrance into the estate of God Almighty, not because they had a great offering of artistry to present to the Lord that would wax the worth of His galleries. No, their entrance is the effect and result of how sufficient, how bounteous, how generous the treasuries of the mercies of God are already in Christ! God has made Himself available for the pure in heart to take pleasure in. And since there are no men of pure heart, the Sovereign Lord Himself propitiates, replacing the wickedness of our hearts with the purity of His Son’s. Truly blessed are the pure in heart! For they have been given life, though their hearts were dead in their sins!

Artist, is your heart pure? Do you love purity, or do you embrace all manner of vice? Your affections reveal the state of your heart, so this should seriously concern you. It is the pure in heart that will see God. Do you feel no tension where the artistic pleasures you enjoy are exalting, basking and rejoicing in offenses against God? Whore no more with what God has made pleasurable for your enjoyment! Enjoy His pleasures in all purity. Plead with David to the Lord for a pure heart; “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me” (Psalm 51:10). And if God grants you one, consider yourself blessed! New birth has happened to you. God has made it possible for you to see Him, beginning in this land through all that He has created as a preview of the vistas of His glory to be revealed and enjoyed forevermore.

Do not reject such a gift as a pure heart, artist! Secure it with fear and trembling, for it is the evidence that God is working, blessing you with the capacities and permissibility to see and enjoy Him.

Jason Harms


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