A Fixed Heart

An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart

Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, and the king, said, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalm 57:7). His heart was set upon God, and he was resolute and unwavering about that. It was settled, clinched. God was the epicenter of his life. This did not mean that David would not sin, even grievously, but it did mean that he was resolved to know God and to walk in His ways. God said about David, “. . . a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will” (Acts 13:22). That is God’s testimony about David.

Our students, at every age level, need teachers whose hearts are fixed upon God. Such teachers are the sine qua non of Christian education. They are like the north star [sic] for they are stable, giving the right sense of direction, under God, in learning what life is about and how it is to be lived. In contrast, teachers whose hearts are not fixed upon God can never tell their students what Paul said, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1). In following Paul, they were, in reality, following Jesus Christ. To be in step with Paul was to be in step with the Lord. Students in step with a teacher who is out of step with God are themselves out of step with God. That is a sobering idea, and a clear principle in Christian education.

A fixed heart sings and gives praise to the Lord. This is done quietly within the heart and it is done aloud in company with His people, “. . . in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Nov 12, 2013.

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