“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.”Psalm 116:5-7

Here is a word that I don't recall ever hearing – God protects the “simplehearted”. What exactly does this mean?

I know that “simpleminded” is not a compliment. But to be simplehearted brings to mind a person with an innocent nature, and an unclouded devotion to God. King David comes to mind, who was praised for his heart, and who demonstrated a lifelong love and single-minded devotion to the Lord. While he no doubt had a complex life, and even through the hard times and consequences of his sin with Bathsheba, David was always able to come back to his one true love – the Lord God.

So how can we have a “complicated heart”, if there is such a term? What prevents us from being “simplehearted”? Do the distractions of this world make things too complex?


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