A Heart for God
1Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
5You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
8Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
9All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
10For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
11Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.
Our goal/ prize:
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - … love your God with all your heart and soul and strength … impress them on your children
- Matthew 22:37-39 - Love the Lord your God with all of your heart … Your neighbors as yourself
- Acts 13:22-23 - a man after God’s own heart
- Psalm 51:10 - create in me a pure heart, O God
- Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart
- I Kings 3:6 - walk in uprightness of heart
- Isaiah 65:14 - my servants will sing out of the joy of their heart
What to watch for:
- A fool’s heart - Proverbs 12:23
- Heaviness in the heart - Proverbs 12:25 - anxiety weighs the heart down
- Fearful hearts - Leviticus 26:36
- Lusts of the heart - Numbers 15: 39
- Stubborn, obstinate hearts - Deuteronomy 2:30
- Heart will become proud - Deuteronomy 8:14
How to keep our heart pure/clean:
- Jeremiah 12:3 - … you see me, and test my heart
- Philemon 1:7 - … you have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people
- Psalm 4:7 - fill my heart with joy
- Confession - I John 1:9 - confess our sin
- Seek God - Psalm 119:10
- Hide God’s word in your heart Ps 119:11
- Just read all of Psalm 119
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC