“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.” (Psalms 108:1)
Notice the Psalmist is speaking to God, “O God.” The Psalmist is making a declaration to God of the condition of his heart, “my heart is fixed.”
The “heart” is speaking of the Psalmist’s mind; the location of his spirit. Man is a body, soul, and spirit. The spirit of man is the control center. It is the “thinking department.” It has the ability to reason, to analyze, and to make decisions that affect the soul and the body. So the Psalmist was saying to God, “my heart,” or my mind, “is fixed.”
The first definition of “fix” is “to make firm, stable, or fast” (Webster’s Dictionary). This means, my mind is determined; my mind has one goal; there is absolutely nothing that will deter me from it; I will climb over all barriers to accomplish my goal; my mind is single-eyed. It also implies a process to come to this statement. This process is a must to come to a firm persuasion of saying, “my heart is fixed.”
What is this process? What is involved in this process?
The answer to the first question is: The process is the heart, or mind, coming from self, selfishness, self-sufficiency, and pride to a place of:
- Surrender of self to Christ as Lord; and
- Submission to His Word as His Will for your daily walk and worship of Him; and
- Obedience; not just being a “hearer” of His Word, but an actual “doer” of His Word; and
- Then lastly, a decision to Endure by His Grace and Power and Mercy in your obedience of His Word.
This process is a Sovereign Work of God in the believer’s heart. From the moment that the Spirit of God comes to dwell in a person, the process begins. This process is called “Progressive Sanctification”; which means a growth in the knowledge of who God is and who you are as one of His Children, based on 1 Corinthian 1:30, your position in Christ.
As the Spirit of God teaches you His Word of Truth, then you are made free. This is the process of knowing that Christ lives in you; knowing you are now to be holy in body and spirit. You know now that you are a New Creation; you can now see the Kingdom of God and the responsibilities of its citizens. You know now that you have the power to overcome your flesh (sin). Then this process involves you daily bearing fruit unto Holiness and Peace. This process is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week process for the rest of your life. It never goes backward, but always forward.
In answer to the second question: What is involved in this process? God uses many tools to effect this process in your daily life:
- The Study of His Word;
- Confession and Repentance;
- Chastisement, His Rod of Correction, which may involve:
- The Potter’s House;
- The Backside of the Desert;
- Tests, Trials, and Tribulations;
- The Valley of the Shadow of Death, The Valley of Baca (tears).
As God implements these situations and circumstances in your daily life; your mind (heart) is being made whole (sound, or fixed).
Another of Webster’s definitions of “fix” is “to make whole or sound again.” Synonyms of this definition are “doctor, mend, patch, recondition, renovate, repair, revamp.”
In the process of bringing your mind to a full surrender to God; submission to His Word; proven by your obedience and endurance in your obedience – you are brought from a child’s knowledge to a mature adult’s knowledge of who God is and who you are.
In Regeneration by the Spirit of God, Paul wrote Timothy saying:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
The seed is there, but there must be growth to fruit production. This is the process of the heart being “fixed”; “O God, my heart is fixed.” (That is, it is set; determined not to turn back.) This is because Your School of trials and tribulations has matured me. You have fixed me to surrender my all to You; all my body, soul, and spirit to You, to be Your Holy Temple; to be Your witness in this wicked and perverse world I live in.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” (James 1:2)
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3)
“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:4)
(Also see Deuteronomy 8:3-4; Romans 5:3-5.)
Then the Psalmist reveals what his heart was fixed to: “I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.” In verse 2, the Psalmist enjoined (commanded) the musical instruments (“psaltery and harp”) to help him sing and praise. In verse 3, he said he would praise the Lord among the people and among the nations. Then in verses 4-13, the Psalmist gives his reasons for praising God:
- “For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (verse 4).
- “God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice” (verse 7a).
- It is God who will bring the Psalmist “into the strong city” (verses 10-11).
- The Psalmist declared his help was in God, “for vain is the help of man” (verse 12); “Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies” (verse 13).
Reader, when your heart is fixed, you will sing and give praise to God. When you have determined to depend upon God and Him alone for all things; then you know He has fixed (or made whole) your heart. He has regenerated it; illuminated it with truth; and He has settled it; never to turn back to the flesh; but to depend upon God forever.
Is your heart fixed? Have you surrendered to God; submitted to His Word; obeyed His Word; and determined to endure unto the end?
If so, God has fixed your heart.