Whole Heart

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart [Psalm 9:1a]

I can give my heart to many things.

To give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart is a choice I must make every day. He had my whole heart yesterday but today as new concerns and interests consume the day so I much choose again to give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.

The Psalmist instructs us as to how we can do this.
We should recount all His wonderful deeds.
We should be glad and exult Him.

We should sing praise to Him.

The Psalmist also instructs as to why we should do this.
He has maintained our cause.
He is enthroned forever.
He has established justice.
He is a stronghold when we need Him.
He does not forsake us when we seek Him.
He does not forget our cry when afflicted.

He has made Himself known to us.

Deciding to give thanks to God with my whole is my own choice though. Nobody can make me do this, I have to want to and then I actually have to.

Lets make room for God today. In the midst of a day filled with so many important things, giving our whole heart to God is a determined choice. Such a great choice to be encouraged in, as when we make room for God in our hearts He will fill it.

Seek God…Work Wholeheartedly [Day 25]

Reading the Bible is great. Loads of familiar friends and then the occasional verse that seems to jump out from nowhere. 2 Chronicles 31 tells us about King Hezekiah. He did right in the sight of the Lord. One phrase describing how he did life intrigued me as well as encouraging me that maybe I’m doing the right things in my desire for breakthrough…

‘In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.’

Prosper=seek God+work wholeheartedly

To be wholehearted toward something is to show unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm. In other words ‘GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT!!’

On reflection, until fairly recently I probably did this…seek God but not work, or alternatively work but not seek God. It’s encouraging to see that it’s as a combination results are produced. Having made a statement of faith on Sunday at Xcel Darlington about seeing an increase in numbers throughout MASSIVE MARCH I am more determined than ever to SEEK GOD + WORK WHOLEHEARTEDLY so that Xcel Darlington will prosper.

How about you? Ever failed in this equation? Are you giving it all you’ve got?