My wandering heart

Throughout history God has been unwavering in His love for sinful man.  Throughout my life God has been steadfast in His love for sinful Dave.  Never once has He given up on me, never once lost patience.

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And how have I repaid Him?  By wandering.  My heart has many lovers.  I love the approval of man.  I love my own gratification.  I love the world and its delicacies.  With my lips I declare my love for Him, but my roaming eyes tell a different story.

David must have felt my regret in Psalm 86 when he said,

Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

“Unite my heart.”  That’s what I need, a united heart.  Singleness of purpose.  Instead of my many distractions, I need the center of who I am and what I love to unite with a single goal: to fear His name and walk in His truth.

What would it look like if I were to have this united heart?  How would my life change?  Maybe it would mean less entertainment, less indulgence in the flesh, less selfishness.  Maybe a united heart would abolish fear, because I would be submitted to His will without doubt.  Perhaps a united heart would bring a greater sense of focus and purpose to my life.

I know this for sure:  The things I have held on to for security and safety would have to go.  My crutches, my sacred cows, my secret hiding places would disappear.  I would have to abandon the temporary in favor of the eternal.

What has your heart followed after?  Maybe it’s time to let God unite the many fragmented pieces of your heart into a single focus.  Maybe that’s the beginning of us finally becoming who we’ve failed to be.


  1. #1 by Colin on April 28, 2011 - 12:13 PM

    Great message today dad!

    • #2 by Dave Kirby on April 29, 2011 - 9:53 AM

      Thanks bud. I hope you will begin that journey of letting God focus you on the eternal.

  2. #3 by compassiondave on April 28, 2011 - 4:20 PM

    “I would have to abandon the temporary in favor of the eternal.” Funny, I was just talking about that (but it wasn’t very well received). Oh well. Thanx for posting today!

    • #4 by Dave Kirby on April 29, 2011 - 9:52 AM

      Thanks Dave. Still trying to wrap my own heart around “giving up the temporary in favor of the eternal.” I fail often, but pray to get better each day.

  3. #5 by Lorraine on April 28, 2011 - 6:39 PM

    I relate. Feeling fragmented – by good things, but fragmented none-the-less… – trick is keeping it all centred in Christ and His glory. Maybe I need a cup of tea! :-/ Thanks for the great post. I like them short, sweet and to-the-point like this.

    • #6 by Dave Kirby on April 29, 2011 - 9:51 AM

      Thanks for reading. I guess that “united heart” is a process we go through for the rest of our lives, really.

  4. #7 by Kenneth Connelly on June 1, 2011 - 5:04 PM

    I have someone I knew closely for over 30 years that is wandering today from her former faith in Christ. I have a hard time understanding it – unless it was going on all along. Going after selfishness, immature in her understanding of the consequences, indulging the ego and the flesh. It gives me hope that there could be a united heart in her someday soon, that her fears would go away because of a trust in Christ, that other security & saftey things would have to go, sacred cows and secret hiding places would disappear.

    • #8 by Dave Kirby on June 1, 2011 - 6:28 PM

      Thanks for reading, and I’m glad it helped you. I will pray for your friend to find that united heart in Christ. I know what it is to wander, to doubt and to seek after other things. If I’m not beyond His reach, no one is.

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