King David got it right. The one thing that made him a king that other kings of the Old Testament would be compared to was his “whole heart for God.”
In Psalm 63:1-8 he wrote, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Our ABF class just started a new study taken from the book by Paul David Tripp, AWE, Why it matters for everything we think, say and do. God has hardwired each of us to be in awe of something, to have a heart for something. In all honesty I need to admit that most of my life has been spent acquiring things, reaching goals, and living life. There have been moments of time where I have been in awe of God and his creation, giving Him the praise and glory He is due. The problem is that God wants that glory and praise all the time, not just intermittently. Like King David, we will not be remembered for the things we possess, the money we leave behind, or the goals we have reached. We will be remembered for whether we had a “whole heart for God,”
As I have aged I have come to realize my days are numbered. What drives my life pursuits has changed. I now cherish the time spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and four granddaughters. I cherish the love of my wife, Dawn. I have come to truly love my church family, the relationships, and the opportunity to serve as a teacher and elder, and to act as one of God’s shepherds to some of the Grace members. I absolutely love our Life Group. I guess you could say I am in awe of the opportunities God has placed before me and the potential of what lies ahead for Grace Church. But even more than anything else, I have grown in awe of God the Creator…and yet, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
As we embark on a new ministry year of “God’s Glory, Our Focus,” let’s be sure to focus on the Creator, and not those things created. Not just a little – how about a lot? How about a “whole heart” full?