As Steve taught on Intimacy, I kept thinking of the parallels in our worship of God.
Jesus said in the sermon on the mount that,
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
In the Hebrew culture, they believed that no one could see God face to face and live.
Moses asked God if he could see His face, and God said that He would only be allowed to see Him pass by. But he wasn’t allowed to see His face.
Yet Jesus said that the pure in heart, would see God.
Jesus gives us that new heart, full of His righteousness and His purity.
Hebrews 10:22 says, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
God will purify our hearts, through Christ, restoring the intimacy that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
So let’s join together in David’s prayer,
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you. Psalms 51:10-13
It’s the prayer of confession that opens the door for David and you and me to receive all the blessings that flow from an intimate relationship with God.
It is an overwhelming thought to know that God fully knows me and also fully loves me.
Sounds like Amazing Grace.