â€œAnd the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book.â€Â Â Â Â (2 Kings 23:3)
Our Lord cries from heaven, â€œO that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with themâ€ (Deuteronomy 5:29)! We can respond as did the hymn writer in verse five of â€œTake My Life and Let It Beâ€ by devoting our all to Him.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
The words will, heart, mind, soul, and emotions are used somewhat interchangeably in Scripture, but certainly they speak of every aspect of our innermost thoughts and being. As we draw near to Him, â€œthe LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soulâ€ (Deuteronomy 30:6). â€œTake diligent heed,â€ Moses charged Joshua, â€œto do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soulâ€ (Joshua 22:5).
The primary way we can show that we love Him is to obey Him as King, putting Him on the throne of our lives, as it were. â€œHe that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth meâ€ (John 14:21). And then, His presence will be manifested in our ministry to others. JDM