God inhabits the praises of His people. Psalm 22:3 says, “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.” The Hebrew word for inhabit means to sit down, to remain, to settle, or to marry.
When we enthrone God in the center of our heart, anything unholy flees from the Holy. Psalm 68:1-2 says, “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of the Lord.”
Like Daniel, when we purpose in our heart to walk in our holy calling, it will keep us from setting up heart idols. I like 1 Peter 1:15. It says, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” The Greek for conduct means behavior, and manner of life.
If you have fleshly outbursts, it is a telltale sign that there is a heart idol. I heard one preacher describe it as someone blocking your goal. Ever get frustrated? Years ago the Holy Spirit gave me this working definition. God intercepting my way to redirect me into His way.
Dethrone means to disown. We have allowed our heart idols to have ownership. We need to disown them. First by confessing them as sin against God. Next to ask Him to forgive us for allowing them to usurp His rightful place. Then affirm the truth. There are so many Scriptures to do this with. Here is one. Psalm 97:9 says, “For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.” Little gods are heart idols.