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.
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.