I read this Scripture the other day, and I was amazed at its impact on my heart. “I will praise you with an upright heart when I learn your righteous rules.” Sometimes, I think I find myself working so hard in my own strength to praise God, and I find myself tired and worn out, falling back into guilt, because I feel like I just can’t praise Him enough, or praise Him right, because He’s so much greater and more wonderful than I can even find words! Other times, I find myself disappointed in my ability to praise, because I feel that I fall so short of His blessings, and I am so inadequate to follow His ways and desires for me. It’s not that He is overbearing or mean about it. I am just simply so aware of His greatness and my lack thereof.
Yet, when I read this Scripture, and others that David wrote in the Book of Psalms, I am reminded, once again, that if I can just fall so deeply in love with Jesus that my heart doesn’t wander, I don’t have to work so hard at always doing the right things. For when I love Him, I walk in fellowship with Him, and I find myself wanting to please Him, and when my desire is right, I learn more of His ways, and I’m able to praise Him with an upright heart. It’s a “dominoe effect.”
For love causes you to want to spend more time with someone, and when you have a deeper relationship with someone, you know their likes and dislikes. You know what pleases them and what doesn’t, and when it’s Someone you’re serving, it’s easier to serve when it’s no longer an obligation, but rather, an honor and a pleasure to serve. Love causes a heart to love to serve, to long to please and to long to give praise. When it comes to loving our Heavenly Father, the One for whom we were created to serve, please and praise, our hearts realize this is the void that has been long desiring fulfillment.
So, if you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, sometimes, and you just don’t feel like you can do anything right, I encourage you to simply fall in love with Him, all over again, and rest assured that everything’s going to be alright! He will draw to you if you’ll just draw to Him.
…He’s simply waiting on us…