Reflections on Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be
satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). To behold God’s face and to be changed
by that vision into his image, so as to partake in his righteousness, this is my noble
ambition; and in the prospect of this I cheerfully waive all my present enjoyments.
My satisfaction is to come; I do not look for it as yet. I shall sleep awhile, but I shall
wake at the sound of the trumpet; wake to everlasting joy, because I arise in your
likeness, O my God and King! Glimpses of glory we have here below to stay our
sacred hunger, but the full feast awaits us in the upper skies. Compared with this
deep, ineffable, eternal fullness of delight, the joys of the worldlings are as a
glowworm to the sun, or the drop of a bucket to the ocean.
– Charles Spurgeon

The pure in heart are blessed because they will see God. Although this will not be
ultimately true until the new heaven and earth, yet it is also true even now. Our
perception of God and his ways, as well as our fellowship with him, depends on our
purity of heart. The visio Dei (vision of God)—what an incentive to purity.
– Don Carson

This is surely the most amazing thing that has ever been said to man, that you and I,
such as we are, pressed with all the problems and troubles of this modern world, are
going to see Him [the Lord] face to face. If we but grasped this, it would
revolutionize our lives…Do you not agree that this is the biggest, the most
momentous, the most tremendous thing that you can ever be told? Is it your
supreme object, desire, and ambition to see God?
– Martin Lloyd-Jones

Lord, I ask you today for a pure, clean, and uncluttered heart. I long to see Your face, that there would be nothing between You and me. Lord, show me what to say “no” to, so I will have time and energy to reflect on my heart before You. Cleanse my heart from gluttony, lust, greed, uncontrolled anger and impatience, self-pity, laziness, competitiveness with others, and pride. May I surrender to Your will this day, remembering Your loyal love. May it soften my will and transform me to follow Your leading and presence in every decision I make this day. AMEN.
– Peter Scazzero

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