There are six verses in Psalm 119 that use the word ‘whole’ regarding our heart. Verse 2 says, “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!” Note the exclamation mark. Verse 10 says that when we seek Him with our whole heart we will not wander away from His word’s influence.
Verse 34 says, “Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Joshua 1:8 instructs us to ‘observe to do’ according to what we read and meditate on in His word. Psalm 119: 58 says, “I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word.”
Verse 69 says, “The proud have forged a lie against me, but I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.” We really need to inculcate this verse into our heart. It will help to fortify us as we are being bombarded with the lies forged against us through this evil concocted pandemic. Verse 145 is a good one also. Let us corporately cry out to the Lord for worldwide revival. It says, “I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord! I will keep Your statutes.”
This morning I was singing a new song to the Lord. I drank in these words. ‘I am enveloped in Your love Lord.’ Go ahead and sing it to the Lord. It will lift up your heart. The Lord’s love for us has no ebb or flow like the waves of the sea. His love is consistent. Our circumstances change continually. His love is steadfast. Nothing can take us out of His love. His love is IN us. Romans 5:5 says that at salvation, “…the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
1 John 4:8 says that God is love. The embodiment of Who He is characterized by love. He dwells in us in all that fullness. What did He set up for us to love Him back? John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me…” Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
We keep His word in our heart when we hide it there through memorization and meditation. John 14:21 continued, “…And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Note that His love is not predicated on whether or not we hide His word in our heart. It is simply an outward demonstration of our wholeheartedness.
Jesus manifests Himself to us through His word. Psalm 25:14 Amplified says, “The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its (deep, inner) meaning.” We revere and worship the Lord through keeping His word.
What are some blocks to wholeheartedness? Indifference, distractions, desire for other things, and unresolved issues involve our heart. Worry is a huge distraction. Engaging with fearful thoughts pulls us away from keeping our mind stayed on the Lord which gives peace. Unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, and hidden sin also takes up heart real estate. James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Sin blocks our fellowship with the Lord.