Since our hearts have a direct connection to our minds, it makes sense to protect the one organ that absorbs the world on a daily basis. You have heard that our minds are like sponges, but if the information is absorbed into our minds, where does it end up? I really think it depends on what you desire and what you want to do with it. If it’s intriguing and something that provides a sense of personal value, then you keep it. If it’s something that is not as interesting then it’s easily discarded. If it has some kind of value toward your personal being, and you constantly absorb it into your mind, it easily gets absorbed into your heart. Once it becomes absorbed into the heart it becomes a part of who you are or who you will become. If you constantly read God’s word daily because you have the desire to strengthen your relationship with the Lord, then it becomes who you are. If you desire the things of this world such as money, sex, drugs, violence, or anything that keeps you from the love of God, then that is what you become.
King David had a love for the Lord as a young man. He had God on his side as he defeated Goliath, but growing older he had his earthly struggles as well. He committed adultery and murdered his best friend as a result of his lustful desires. Despite the struggle within him, he always had a heart for the Lord. Since he had a heart for God, David was punished for his wrong doing and was forgiven. If you read through the book of Psalm and hit chapter 51, you will read the words written by David asking the Lord for forgiveness. It is never too late to ask for forgiveness. It is easy to ask Christ for forgiveness but repentance is the hardest part. This is where your heart needs to be strong by protecting your mind from the things of this world. Listen to David cry out to the Lord as you read Psalm 140. I encourage you to read the full chapter but notice he mentions the shielding of his head.
6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
7 Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
you shield my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
do not let their plans succeed.
David says the Lord shields his head in the day of battle. As you live for Christ on a daily basis, you know that every day is a battle. If you have Christ in your heart and you struggle for righteousness, then be assured that the Lord will shield your head. If you allow your mind to be open to the world, then the wicked will be granted access to your heart and their plans for you will succeed. As you read David’s words throughout this chapter, read them with a sense of struggle and truly ask the Lord to protect you.