Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Like many Bible verses over the years, my initial understanding of this verse, I think, was not complete or as in depth as it later became. It's that beautiful aspect of the Word being living and active that makes it exciting and rich and meaningful to dig into.
Anyway, I used to assume that the seeing of God here, was after death- in heaven. But it now occurs to me that we can see God even while living on this earth.
David said in Psalm 141:8 my eyes are upon You, O GOD the Lord.
He is also the one who said create in me a clean heart, O GOD in Psalm 51:10.
It seems that a pure heart produces pure vision.
If my heart is full of those selfish little "demons" that like to live there, my spiritual vision is obscured. I can only see through a lens which has become clouded, blurry and warped- God, and all His goodness, is not visible through this lens.
Small children, I believe, have a "clear" lens with which to see GOD. Why? Because they still have pure hearts.
So. My quest for a completely pure heart so that my ZEAL is renewed brings an added benefit:
Not just later, in heaven. But NOW. In this life.