Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 13th, 2017
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.
Psalm 57:7 (NKJV)
My Heart is Steadfast
People can only see us on the outside. However, our God knows that a life is lived from the “heart out.” When we have a divided heart we only deceive ourselves. The lifestyle that brings praise to the Lord is the one that also gives us great joy. A heart that is steadfast in purpose and commitment to the Lord really does satisfy. Bring your heart to the Lord today. Let Him settle any issue that may distract you from complete surrender to Him.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we begin today a 24 day series on the Fathers of Confederation who met in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island in 1864 to hammer out the new nation that would become the Dominion of Canada. From the Province of Canada, present day Ontario and Quebec, as well as the maritime colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, 23 men met for a week in September 1864. By the time the conference had ended, days filled with wining and dining, meetings and discussions, a new nation had been formed. 15 of the Fathers of Confederation were from the Maritime colonies – 5 each from the three colonies – the other 8 represented the Province of Canada – present day Ontario and Quebec.
When a couple stands before their friends and family, vowing to remain exclusively committed to each other for life, they are making a rare and challenging commitment. Keeping those vows will demand a daily determination to keep hearts steadfastly focused on the other person. These marriage vows mirror the relationship a follower of Jesus has to Him. There is never any doubt about God’s commitment to that relationship. His nature is love, and the Bible is filled with statements about His love for us. However, there is much in this world that does its best to pull us away from our love for the Lord Jesus. King David understood this, and so makes his commitment public in Psalm 57:7 when he says “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.” David expresses his love to God through song and praise. This keeps his mind and heart focused on the Lord, and helps him to keep his commitment strong. I have often counseled couples who are struggling in their marriages to think back on what they had each done in their early days to fall in love and stay in love, and to start doing those things again. If you are not as steadfast in your commitment to the Lord, think back on all that the Lord had done in your life when you first met Him and daily commit your life to him as you did early on. Keep your heart steadfast.
These have been words from the heart.