Season 3, Episode 5
For Friday, February 19, 2016
“With My Whole Heart”
HOST: Wade Webster
In the One Hundred and Eleventh Psalm, David wrote, “Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psa. 111:1). Please note that David promised to praise the Lord with his whole heart. I’m afraid that sometimes when we come to worship, we come with a little less than our whole hearts. Our hearts are distracted and divided. They are mostly there, but not wholly there. Mostly there, is not enough. If we want to find God, and I am confident that we do, we must seek Him with the whole heart (Deut. 4:29). As we get ready to worship this week, let’s make sure that we do so with the whole heart
In the One Hundred and Eleventh Psalm, David wrote, “Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psa. 111:1). Please note that David promised to praise the Lord with his whole heart. At least two other times in the Psalms, David made similar promises. We read,
Psalm 9:1 – “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”
Psalm 138:1 – “I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.”
Clearly, David understood that the whole heart is required in worship.
I’m afraid that sometimes when we come to worship, we come with a little less than our whole hearts. They are mostly there, but not wholly there. Mostly there, is not enough. When we come seeking God in worship, we can only find him if we seek Him with the whole heart. Consider a few passages with me:
Deuteronomy 4:29 – “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”
1 Chronicles 28:9 – “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”
2 Chronicles 15:15 – And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.
Psalm 119:2 – “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 – “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Please note that finding God is conditioned upon seeking Him with the whole heart. If we seek Him in a half-hearted or haphazard way, we will not find Him. He demands that we love Him with all of our being. Jesus declared, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mk12:30). We must not merely mouth the words of the songs, we must sing them with grace (Col. 3:16). We must not merely mouth the words of our prayers, we must pray fervently (Jam. 5:16). We must not merely cast a few dollars in the plate, we must do so cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7). We must not merely partake of the emblems of the Lord’s Supper, we must do so thoughtfully (1 Cor. 11:24-30). We must not merely listen to the words preacher, we must receive them gladly (Acts 2:41).
As we get ready to worship this week, we need to make sure that we praise God with the whole heart. We must not approach Him with a distracted or a divided heart. We must put the project at work and the pot roast at home out of our minds. We must praise Him with the whole heart.
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