Author: Sallie Ross

The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Psalm 116:6

To be simplehearted is to be childlike in the way that we lean into the Lord. As we begin to walk through this Holy Week, there is a deep need for each one of us to find that posture in our hearts. We are remembering the events of this week as we have come to know them, but we are also experiencing them anew. And it is in approaching that experience with a willingness to receive anew, that God can breathe His freshness into our spirits.

With our hearts and minds fixed on Jesus, our imaginings can follow Him through this time. Life was still happening for Jesus; He was not like the death-row inmate living out his last week before execution in isolation. There were still many demands coming His way. And yet He knew.

How often are we about life but still knowing? Knowing that our marriage is falling apart, knowing that the lump we feel is more than a cyst, knowing that if we don’t stop a particular sin we are soon to be found out at great cost. How often do we know our need and choose to submerge it?

Yet in this verse we are told–“when I was in great need, He saved me.” Very simple, but life itself.

What we are “knowing” will be heavy for very different reasons than why what Jesus knew was heavy. But Jesus also knew His need to be in continual communion with His Father. Do we know that we have the same need? Will we cry out or stuff in?

The Lord protects the simplehearted. Can we learn to lean before we fall? Can we allow the wonder of the Father to grow bigger than the agony of the circumstances? Will we, like Jesus, set our faces towards Jerusalem, certain in our hearts that all life is found in God alone? God grant us the strength.

–Lord God, I ask for the grace and the strength for myself and for my brothers and sisters in Christ to become simplehearted, and to press in to your heart. That while we know the weight of the circumstances of our lives, we know better still the life we have in You.