109My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
110The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
111Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
112I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
(Psalm 119:109-112, King James Version)
It always comes back to the same thing, does it not? Ultimately our actions are a natural response to the inclination of our hearts. The Psalmist, though in seemingly endless peril, admitted, "Yet do I not forget thy law . . . yet I erred not from thy precepts." Why could he make such a bold assertion? "I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end."
What is the natural inclination of our hearts? Left to ourselves, the news is not good!
5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5, New International Version)
24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. (Jeremiah 7:24, New International Version)
Oh, we can put on a pretty good outward appearance, which may fool our fellow man, but God looks upon our heart. It is our heart attitude which will ultimately determine our actions. Jeremiah reminds us of the true state of our hearts.
9 “ The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
(Jeremiah 17:9, New King James Version)
But, there is hope! It is not up to us. Like the Psalmist, we can, through the strength and power of God, Himself, incline our hearts to love Him above all, and seek to live a life that is obedient to His Word.
Take some time today to remind yourself of this great and awesome God we serve. Remember the stories of God's working among His people as they are related to us in the pages of His Holy Word. This is the same God we serve today. He is not unmoved by our feelings and our circumstances, but rather He is intimately involved with all of the details of our lives.
The power exhibited by God on behalf of His children in the books of Genesis, Exodus, 1st and 2nd Samuel, Esther, and so on, is the same power available to God's children today. Could it be that we have not sensed that same power in our lives because we lack faith? Have we so bought into the wine of this age that we have lost our spiritual focus?
Let us, by the grace and power of God, lift up our heads and look unto God, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Let us boldly move forth with an inclined heart, set to perform God's statutes, even unto the end!
God Bless You,