By Darwin Hayes
Devotional Scripture: Psalm 70:4
Central Thought: When we seek God with all of our hearts, He delivers us, gives us His joy, and brings us His contentment.
Psalm 70 is apparently a reference to some time of calamity or deep sorrow for David. David prays for himself on the grounds that God is his help and his deliverer. Israel's king always sought God's counsel whenever he was at a crossroad, because he had the assurance that God would certainly deliver him out of his situation. After all, God had delivered him out of the hands of a lion and a bear, from the giant Goliath, and from his enemies. This was no exception. The Lord ultimately delivered David, gave him His joy, and brought him His contentment.
A rich ruler was seeking Jesus, the Giver of Life (Luke 18:18-25). The pious man told Christ that he had observed all of God's commandments from his youth. But when Jesus asked him to give up his possessions, he went away disappointed—because he was not willing to give up everything. He was not willing to seek God with all of his heart. When we seek God, we must seek Him with all of our hearts.
Many people seek wealth, popularity, and other worldly pleasures, only to become disappointed. They end up living a discontented life. It doesn't have to be that way, however. When we seek the Lord, and when we seek Him with all of our hearts, several things happen. God delivers us; He gives us His joy; and He brings us His contentment. Are you seeking God with all of your heart today? Whether you are desperate for His touch—as David was—or whether you are longing for more of God, seek Him with all of your heart. You will not be disappointed.
Devotional Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I seek You with all of my heart today, trusting You to deliver me, to give me Your joy, and to bring me Your contentment.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32; Luke 8:22-39; Psalm 70:1-5; Proverbs 12:4