Verse of the Day Devotion: 1Kings 8:61
“Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” – 1Kings 8:61
1 Kings 8 gives the account of the ark of the covenant being placed into the temple which had just been completed. He offered a prayer to the Lord asking that any requests given earnestly and humbly by Israelites or strangers would be accepted by God. At the end of this prayer, Solomon asks for His blessing over the people of Israel plus an exhortation for them as well. This exhortation is the focus of our verse today, which is as much for us today as for the Israelites back then.
The first part says that our hearts should be wholly true to God. Our love for Him should be unquestionable to all who see us. We should desire with all our hearts to please Him, serve Him, and take time to fellowship with Him in prayer. Our love and devotion should be unwavering, never lessening no matter our circumstances. God said He would never leave or forsake us, showing His love is unwavering, therefore ours should be as well.
Second, we should walk in His statutes, always striving to keep His commandments. Our obedience should be universal in that we obey all of them, and not just those we choose to. With this, I say that His desires take infinite precedence over our own. All that we do or think should follow the idea that He is supreme, and I am not. Thus, we should not be divided in our loyalties. We should be totally upright in our ways and submissive to His commands.
Jesus takes these two points in Solomon’s prayer and merges them into one concise statement. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15. As always with Jesus, His position on this could not be clearer.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.