I Will Praise the Lord with my Whole Heart
There are days when I get up and begin as it seems running and doing the many things I have set forth to accomplish. Somewhere, midway I realize…I haven’t taken the time to spend time with God.
And there are times, I have to admit, I have so many things going on that I realize…it’s been some time since I spent time with God.
Over busy, over burdened we can sometimes say, “I’ll take care of this first then…” and the ‘then’ doesn’t come.
I am so guilty of this and it hurts my heart. Because, I so want to give Him my full praise, love and attention. I do so want God to be central in every thing I do. But, there are times I fail. Do I think God condemns me for that? No. He KNOWS me and knows my mind and heart. He also knows that it is so easy for us to get sidetracked and to get on with the business of life. He sees and knows all about us so He fully understands. He just plants thoughts and desires in my heart to turn back toward Him.
It’s my own heart that eventually relents and acknowledges…I have been running too long too hard without Him and on my own steam. That’s when life’s trials and troubles begin to seem so big. That’s when difficulties seem insurmountable and that’s when my attitude isn’t quite right. I’m relying more on my steam and things than on the spirit and heart of God.
I don’t like it when I allow this in my life. But, I know I’m not alone. There are countless stories shared where those following God get off track. BUT, then they turn their hearts and minds back; they put things to right in their lives, learn and move forward.
I so want my life to be a praise to Him. I know life is going to present me with challenges, difficulties and more…I want when they come to have my faith fully relying on God and to have a close walk that I can completely put all my cares upon Him.
Give Me Understanding Dear Lord
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
The wonderful thing about God is that we can fully trust in Him. We can completely give our hearts to Him. When we wander, when we allow things to occupy our mind first, all we have to do is to turn and He is there…ready and waiting to fill our hearts, minds and soul with the joy of the fellowship we desire to have with Him.