Daily Reading & Prayer
A Perfect Heart
Psalms 68-70, 86, 101Psalm 101:2, “I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.”
This verse has some pretty bold words – “behave wisely in a perfect way” and “with a perfect heart.” That’s a tall order! King David wrote this psalm soon after ascending to the throne, and it’s clear he wanted to dedicate his rule to God, to create a righteous kingdom modeled after God’s own. But only God could meet the standards laid out in this verse. And, indeed, David did not always have a “perfect heart.” However, the critical point isn’t that David set out to be the perfect king and failed, but that he consecrated his rule to the one true King who never fails.To consecrate something to the Lord is to set it apart in His name, to dedicate it to Him. With David's privileged position, it would’ve been easy for him to use his power for personal gratification. He could have flaunted his power to his enemies, lined his pockets at his people’s expense, and lived a life of indulgence. But he did none of those things. He wanted to set the tone of his rule right by giving it to God.What areas of your life do you need to consecrate to the Lord? In the different areas of your life – school, work, marriage, relationships, parenting, hobbies – are you looking for how you can honor God or how you can serve yourself? Get your heart right by allowing Him to reign in all aspects of your life — hold nothing back! When you do, you WILL have a more “perfect” heart, gain wisdom, and more aptly live out God’s best for your life!
Lord, I consecrate my whole life to You. Be the wise and perfect One in me. I cannot do these things on my own, but in my weakness, You are strong. I praise You that You are faithful to carry out Your will! Amen