DEUTERONOMY 5:29 – Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!
THEME OF THE DAY. A LOOK INTO THE HEART OF GOD. Something very special happens in today’s scripture. Not only special, but sacred. And not only special and sacred, but heart-warming to the sensitive believer who recognizes and ponders this profound privilege.
Moses, the God-inspired author of today’s scripture, invites us to look into the heart of God. What a look it is, too! Feel the “heartbeat of desire” in the opening words – “Oh, that they had such a heart”. God yearns for a people to fear and obey Him. He proclaims His passion for His people to be passionate about Him. Now, this isn’t wishful thinking like we sometimes do in situations or with people. God isn’t like us in the expressions of His emotions. Nor is He stating something that is lacking in Him. He doesn’t need a people to fear and obey Him. God is complete in Himself. Please remember this truth. God doesn’t need us, but we need Him, and what is revealed in His heart is not for His sake but for ours. Notice what God promises to those who fulfill His heart’s desire – for a people to fear and keep His commandments; that it might go well with them and their descendants forever. So, what are a few things that go well for God’s children who walk in His fear and obedience to His commandments?
First, they who delight the heart of God by fearing and obeying Him will enjoy His Presence; a Presence that produces strength, joy, peace, and contentment – How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple (Psalm 65:4). Sweet communion with our God is the ultimate of human experience and indeed is the sign of wellness from Him.
Another thing going well for us as we walk in the fear of and obedience to the Lord’s commands is the privilege of being used by Him. Daniel tells us what the results are in those of God’s people who know His favor – the people who know their God will display strength and take action (Daniel 11:32b). Friends, to be used by the Lord to influence a culture and leave a godly legacy is fulfilling our purpose in life. And it is based on relationship, not activity. Look at Daniel’s words closely – they that know God, not are busy for God, display strength and take action. It is in our closeness to the Lord that we experience His strength and take true actions of service.
A look into the heart of God. Oh what a look! It is a look showing us His desire – for His people to fear Him and walk with Him. In doing so, we enjoy close fellowship with Him and impact our world for Him.
PRAYER: “Father, may I have a life that pleases your heart; one of loving obedience to Your commandments.”
QUOTE: “God doesn’t want our service for Him primarily, but our heart surrendered to Him supremely”