Priority One

Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me Your way, O Lord, I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.” My margin says: give me singleness of heart.

The Strong’s word for worry is: to divide into parts. Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life…” Worry is a distraction. It is a preoccupation with things that stress us. It fragments our heart.

I love Psalm 63:8 in the Amplified. It says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Verse 5 says, “My whole being shall be satisfied as with morrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”

These two verses are essentially saying: I am reaching out to You with all that is within me, to lay hold of You and to cling tenaciously. Here is another. Psalm 119:10 Amplified says, “With my whole heart I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; O let me not wander or step aside (either ignorantly or willingly) from Your commandments.”

1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him (inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity) you will find Him…”

When our trials take our breath away with their crushing blows, He becomes our sustaining breath. We cling to Him as our vital necessity, and we know His Presence experientially. Here is a new song He gave me this morning. Think about your own circumstances and sing this with me.

I bow before You Lord, in honor and wonder of Your love. You sustain and uphold my heart, and carry me through every trial. Your love is unending, Your grace abounding, Your mercy is new every morn. There is no one like You, no one Your equal. You alone deserve all glory and praise.

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