Thoughts on Matthew 5:1-12a (the beatitudes)
God you know us so well. You begin your teaching about the kingdom by addressing what human hearts longs for: happiness. We are created to live in a state of well-being and are restless because we do not experience it. You alone provide the true, unsullied source of bliss. Our longing provides us with great energy. It is like a powerful stream of water rushing through a hose, unless held and directed, it dangerously flies about like the banned toy from the 1960’s – the water wiggle.
Yet the way to this state of blessing seems backwards – happiness through poverty, grief, meekness? You draw me in and then turn my world upside down. Of the many blessings you mention, I’m drawn to the blessedness of “seeing God.” It belongs to the pure in heart.
A pure heart – one not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material (dictionary.com)
A clean heart – like soiled laundry washed clean of stains.
A purged heart – one that houses only the purist thoughts, feelings, motives with nothing evil or worldly left in it.
An uncompromised heart – one surrendered totally to the reign of Christ.
A heart absorbed by the contemplation of God
Lord, purify my heart. A pure heart will see you everywhere in all places, people and lives face-to-face with God.
My paraphrase: Oh, the blessedness of having a clean, correctly motivated heart for I will see the face of God everywhere I look.
My heart sings the praise song. “I want to know you I want to see your face…”