My poor, depraved, polluted heart!

(James Smith, "Precious Things from the Everlasting Hills" 1853)

"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind!" Matthew 22:37

God desires to be loved by His redeemed children. He values our love. He speaks to us as His children, and with paternal tenderness asks, "My son, give me your heart!" How amazing, how astonishing is this! The High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity — asks for my heart — my poor, depraved, polluted heart!

O my God! take it, purify it, inhabit it — and use it for Your own glory and praise!