Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 10, 2018
By Tripp Prince
God, my heart is steady. I will sing and praise you with all my being. Psalm 108:1 (NCV)
Increasingly, I find myself deeply longing for a steadfast heart. A life that is lived in the knowledge and goodness of God, regardless of circumstances or challenges I may face. A heart that holds steady even when storms may rise and my strength may fail.
What steps can you and I take towards a steadfast heart? According to the psalmist, if you feel unsteady and lost at sea, the remedy is worship. With all that we have, we are invited to reorient the loves and desires of our hearts through song and praise.
Worship is both a response and a remedy. Is your heart steady and resting in the steadfast love of God? Worship will flow forth! Is your heart unsettled and struggling to find the integrated life of peace and hope that you long for? Worship is the remedy! At times, worship is a healing gift that we must choose to receive, even if our hearts are far from the Lord and it’s the last thing we want to do!
For years, I struggled to worship if my heart wasn’t in it. I felt insincere, like I was simply going through the motions. I believed that I must wait until my heart was in it, and then I could worship with authenticity and depth. And yet, what do we do if the sincerity never comes? Rather than continuing to passively wait, I believe the way forward must be a steadfast decision to worship, even if our hearts feel distant and detached.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
I love how the Psalms capture the full range of human emotion and experience. In Psalm 108, we see a heart filled with worship, hope, and peace. A life that feels steady and secure. In Psalm 73, we see a body that is wasting away and a heart that is shaken to the core. Yet just like Psalm 108, the remedy is the same: God is our hope and source of strength!
To worship the Lord is to give thanks for all that is steadfast and secure in our lives, acknowledging it is a gift from him and not our own strength. To worship the Lord is also to choose obedience over emotion, trusting that the Spirit will meet us and teach us again what it means to have a steady heart. Wherever you find yourself today, worship is the way forward!
“Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (Psalm 33:22 (ESV).
PrayerFather, steady my heart as I set my hope upon you and your steadfast love. Amen.
ApplicationHow can worship become a more regular and active part of your life rhythm?
Related ReadingActs 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Peter 3:17
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