Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is much more than a sentimental feeling; it is commitment made by a resolute heart. It is a heart that is not tossed to and fro by its circumstances.
In Psalm 108, David describes two essential characteristics of a steadfast, fixed heart.
- It is always determined to sing God’s praise because of the greatness of God’s mercy and glory. “O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens and Your glory above all the earth” (vv. 1-5).
- It is always determined to trust God and His word because of His sovereignty. “That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me. God has spoken in His holiness: ‘I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem and measure out the Valley of Succoth. Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the helmet for My head; Judah is My lawgiver. Moab is My wash pot; over Edom I will cast My shoe; over Philistia I will triumph.’ Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies? Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies” (vv. 6-13).
Do you have a steadfast heart?