â€œI will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.â€ (Psalm 138:1)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
hen we sing or testify of our praise to God, it should not be perfunctory or repetitive rote praise. It should be sincere, wholehearted, personal praise. We should especially praise Him for revealing to us eternal truth, as written in His inspired Word. Further, we should not hesitate to praise our true God, even amidst all the false â€œgodsâ€ of this world. As verse 2 says, He has magnified His Word above all His name! The Holy Scriptures are our greatest physical possession of all the things in this world, for they alone will â€œnot pass awayâ€ (Matthew 24:35). His Word is â€œfor ever . . . settled in heavenâ€ (Psalm 119:89).
This phrase, â€œthe whole heart,â€ occurs a number of times in the Bible, especially in the psalm of the Word, Psalm 119. Note the testimony of the psalmist in this great psalm.
â€œBlessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heartâ€ (v. 2).
â€œWith my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandmentsâ€ (v. 10).
â€œGive me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heartâ€ (v. 34).
â€œI entreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy wordâ€ (v. 58).
â€œThe proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heartâ€ (v. 69).
â€œI cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutesâ€ (v. 145).
Thus, we should â€œkeep his testimoniesâ€ (v. 2), â€œkeep thy lawâ€ (v. 34), â€œkeep thy preceptsâ€ (v. 69), and â€œkeep thy statutesâ€ (v. 145) with our whole heart, for the good and sufficient reason that He is our Lord and has given us His eternal Word, magnified above all His name. HMM