I have determined in my heart to obey whatever you say, fully and forever! Psalm 119:112 TPT
I believe that this is why David was so special to God. He had determined in his heart to obey. That’s not to say he always did, because we know for sure he didn’t. But at the core of his heart was a deep love for fellowship with God.
Think about that for a moment. David wouldn’t go into battle unless God went with Him. He constantly prayed, asking for direction, advise and wisdom. “Should I go or should I stay?” Then he waited for the answer and obeyed the voice of the Lord.
It always boggles my mind when I hear people blame God for things He had nothing to do with. They argue that if God was really a good God, He would have stopped this or that from happening. What they fail to recognize is that God gave you and I authority and dominion over the earth. He will not interfere with the choices we make.
Instead of pointing a blaming finger at God when things go wrong, perhaps we should be praying, “Give me a heart to obey!” If we don’t have that, we will never have eyes that see or ears that hear. If our hearts cry out for more of the presence of God in our lives, if we hunger and thirst for more of Him, He will rush in and be our Savior.
2 Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind right now. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
This is typically used to get our nation to repent and turn toward God, but if each of us would do this for ourselves, think of how great our nation would really be. It’s easy to blame others, but if we want a heart that obeys, we must head in another direction and that direction is toward God.
Father, I can’t change others, but I can change me. If there be anything at all that is blocking me from hearing Your voice or receiving revelation on Your Word, I ask that You forgive me and heal me. I release all un-forgiveness, bitterness, anger, malice, selfish ambition to You right now. I have determined in my heart to obey whatever you say, fully and forever! It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.