Have your ever done something
You know, like you weren't even
really paying attention.
Maybe something you've done
so many times, that you could do it
in your sleep.
It's actually in the dictionary.
Half-hearted... defined as:
having, or showing little enthusiasm;
apathetic, indifferent, or spiritless.
Sometimes I find myself singing along
to a song in the car.
I might know all the words.
But I'm not really using them
with any meaning.
Certainly not the intended way
they were meant when they were written.
I wonder how sad that would make
the writer, or artist who recorded the song.
So when I read this Psalm of David
and see these first words of praise,
I am impressed...
I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word
above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out,
You answered me,
And made me bold
with strength in my soul.
Psalm 138:1-3 NKJV
What a beautiful praise...
not half-hearted, lackluster or indifferent.
But rather, with a whole heart.
David is not just doing this as a routine.
He is sincere in his appreciation of God.
Because when he cried out to God...
the very day he cried out,
God answered him!
In fact, God magnified...
intensified, dramatized, and increased
His word, or the truths of His promises
And God has done so,
even above all He has ever done
just to prove, or make great His name.
What David is saying here,
is that God wants to be known.
God has always wanted men to know
But greater still, God wants us to know
that His promises, His truths,
His character are what actually fulfills us.
More than knowing God's name,
KNOWING Him... experiencing Him
through the trials and difficulties of life
is better than just being able to say His name.
And that is what has given David
strength in his soul.
How beautiful is that...
especially for our culture today,
that values physical strength.
THIS... soul strength.
is even more valuable.
For God strengthens our soul with
and above all...
His unconditional love.
God magnifies His word to us
when we actually hold Him to it.
When we are facing difficulty
and we call upon Him to fulfill a promise
from the Bible, He will do so in our life.
That truth is then magnified for us.
It is revealed to us personally.
It is no longer just words in a book.
THAT is experiencing, or knowing God.
And that is what David is praising
with his whole heart.
God wants us to trust Him even today
with this very same truth.
for His magnified word
will bring us strength in our soul.
Word of God,
train me, today...
to trust You, Lord to strengthen my soul,
to magnify Your word in my life by answering my prayers with Your promises.
Lord, I trust You.
prayers and praise
I lean fully on You.
You are my God.
You are worthy
of all praise.
Strengthen my soul
magnification of Your word.
And let me be a testimony
to others of Your glory.
in my life!
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