Micah: The Heart of the Lord

Who has ever heard of the Rev. Henry Scougal?  He was born in Leuchars, Fifeshire, Scotland, in June 1650, and was educated at King’s College, in Aberdeen.  When he graduated with an M.A. in 1668 he was immediately hired as a professor at King’s.  In 1672 he was ordained and appointed to the parish at Auchterless in Aberdeenshire.  But after one year he was recalled to King’s College where he taught theology.  His heart, however, was to instruct his students in practical holiness.  In 1677 he published his most famous work, The Life of God in the Soul of Man.  The great evangelist George Whitefield said “I never knew what true religion was till God sent me this excellent treatise.”  Scrougal died of tuberculosis in 1678, at the young age of 28.

One of the things he said in that book is “The worth and excellency of a soul is measured by the object of His love.”[1] Of course he was addressing our hearts.  Men “who loveth mean and sordid things become base and vile; but a noble and well-placed affection doth advance and improve the spirit unto a conformity with the perfections which it loves.”  Can the same be said of God?

In The Pleasures of God, John Piper argues that the worth and excellency of God’s heart is seen in the objects of His love.  What does He take pleasure and delight in?  From a thorough study of the Scriptures Piper suggests that God takes great pleasure in His Son, Jesus, in all His works, in His creation, in His fame, in His election of many to salvation, in His bruising His Son, in doing good to all who hope in Him, in the prayers of the upright and in our personal obedience and practice of justice.  What is most breathtaking is that the Lord takes great pleasure in redeeming us, rebellious God-haters.  Jesus said to His disciples and to us, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). 

In our meditation on Micah 6-7 this week we will hear something of God’s heart and what He loves.  May our hearts conform to His!      

Pray:  As you begin your meditation for this week on the prophecies of Micah…

Read:  Micah 6-7, carefully and twice.

Meditate:  This week we will cover the third and final section of Micah, and it is an amazing section!  Use the questions below to help you think about what you read in these closing chapters of Micah.  In them we hear the heart of God.

[1] Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man (Harrisonburg, VA, Sprinkle Publications, 1986) p. 62.