Daily Devotional: Psalms 37:30-34
The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial. Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
David was right with God because his heart was right. Solomon was displeasing to the Lord because his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord, as was his father, David. From this point on, each king is measured by how his heart compared to the heart of David. Each king either set his heart to serve God or they did not.
The heart of each person is important because this is what determines who we are, all we do and all we say. The heart is the center of emotion and feeling. It is also the center of our desires and commitments. The heart determines our reasoning, which dictates what we do. When we love someone with all our heart, we do all we can to please that person. We want them to be happy.
Jesus said the greatest command of the Law was for us to love the Lord God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. Things have not changed. What made God pleased or displeased with the kings of Israel and Judah is the same thing that pleases or displeases him with us today. We are to set our heart on him.
While a few of the kings had their heart set on serving God fully, and a few had their heart set on evil and not on God, many of them served God but their heart was not fully devoted to him. Solomon served God but also idols. His son followed this example and did the same thing. We cannot fully serve the Lord and serve the things of this world at the same time. God wants our whole heart.
O Lord God, thank you for loving me and taking care of me. You do so much for me, in more ways than I can possibly even know. Help me fully devote my heart to you all of the time. Help me have a heart like the heart of Jesus so I will be kind and loving, compassionate, and merciful, and seek to lead the lost to him. Be with our nation and especially our leaders, that we can live quiet and peaceful lives. Be with the sick, the hurting, the confused, and the struggling. Use me to help them know your peace, comfort, and love. I pray in the name of Jesus.