By: David Hillegass
Text: “Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room” – Lyrics from the Song: Joy to the World
Personal Reflection: As I recently walked into Lowes and saw the employees setting up the Christmas section of the store, I was reminded of what the Lord was telling me during last year’s Christmas season. Early in December last year, as I went under my house to dig out the Christmas decorations, I felt the Lord speaking this phrase to me, “Let every heart prepare him room.” My spirit was warmed as I hummed Joy to the World while putting up the Christmas lights. Then a few days later we sang this song at church and it brought a big smile to my face. The day after church I got a magazine in the mail from my former church with the cover page article titled, “Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room.” Yikes, what is going on here? As I began to pray and meditate about this verse it became clear that the message was really not “Let every heart prepare him room”, but rather “Dave, let your heart prepare me room.”
A few days later the spirit of conviction came over my life and said it is time to clean out the crawl spaces of my heart. There were a number of large wounds of my life where I was hurt or where I had hurt someone that I had buried deep down in the recesses of my heart, and the Lord wanted to rid me of these scars. After some repentance and confession of these hurts and sins to my wife, I was truly free. Jesus healed my broken heart in preparation for him to take more residence in my heart.
Personal Application: I want this line of “Let every heart prepare him room” to not just be about Christmas time in my life but a constant attitude of my walk with Christ. If there are more places in my heart that need to be mended then I want to take Jesus up on his promise, “… to heal the brokenhearted, and set the captives free…” (Luke 4:18) For it is not the deeds that I do that Jesus came to this earth to redeem, but he came to heal and ransom my heart. Thus I want to offer my heart to him in every way so he can reveal himself to me in new ways every day.
Prayer: Lord, I come before you today as a man that desires to have my heart prepared for you. Search my heart Lord and reveal to me the places that I have tried to keep hidden from you, so I can confess my sins to you and forgive those that have offended me. Then you can heal my broken heart and the wounds of my past so I can walk freely with you again. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.
About the Author:
Dave Hillegass and his family have been attending Life Assembly since March of 2010. Dave is married to his beautiful wife Megan, and together they have three boys: Luke, Thomas, and Isaac. Dave is an agricultural commodities trader by profession. Currently, Dave is reaching out to the community through TFL ministries, whose mission is to spread the love of Jesus Christ to football fans at all the Tennessee Titans home games.