At the age of twenty, Robert Robinson was saved under the preaching of George Whitefield. Two years later, in 1757, Robinson wrote a hymn which expressed his joy in his new faith:
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace. What powerful words. The Bible speaks a great deal about the heart and what kind of heart God is searching for.
The Bible tells us, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)
God was looking for a certain kind of heart, and He found it in king Asa. Asa was a good king. A Godly king of Judah. He reigned for forty-one years over a divided kingdom.
A divided kingdom is much like a divided heart. Good and bad coexist in us. But God’s focus is on the heart. He is looking for one man, one woman, boy or girl with just the right heart to accomplish His will.
Usually we don’t think much about our spiritual heart. If you have a bad week, month, or year, isn’t it easier to give up than to go on?
Many do. They throw in the towel. It’s too big a burden, to huge a hassle, to large a list to ever keep going.
Hold on, hang in there. God is with you.
This verse tells us God is watching “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,”
It means Jehovah, the one true God; His eyes, physical and spiritual, scan the world. He’s looking. God’s gaze goes to and fro eagerly expectantly throughout the Land.
He’s watching, He’s eagerly looking, He has a purpose in mind for what He’s doing. It’s a promise of His protection.
“If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” Psalm 91:9-11(NIV)
But God is also Wanting “to show Himself strong.”
In the late 1880s, we would have been amazed to see a small Canadian man, Louis Cyr, lift a platform holding 18 men. It weighed 4,337 pounds. He was known as the strongest man in North America.
God wants to show Himself strong.
You take a boy in love with a girl. He doesn’t care if someone else is smarter or even faster. He wants to be stronger so his girl will notice him.
Hannah and her husband Elkanah had no children. Hannah grieved over this and notice what Elkanah said to her, “Then Elkanah her husband said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? Am I not better to you than ten sons?’” 1 Samuel 1:8
Baby, I’m all the man you need.
Just as I want my wife to say, “That’s my man.” God wants us to say, “That’s my God.” He wants to show Himself strong on our behalf so we can praise Him for all He’s done for us.
And God is waiting “on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
Heart equals a determination of the will.
See, our verse is talking about being loyal, fully devoted to God. Not letting the cares of this world knock us off course.
Robert Robinson once lost the happy fellowship of his Savior. He lived what he wrote:
Prone to wander Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love
Robinson wandered. One Sunday he stepped into a carriage and sat down beside a young woman. Robert Robinson and the woman exchanged introductions. There was a glint of recognition in her eyes when he stated his name.
“That’s an interesting coincidence,” she said, reaching into her purse. “I was just reading a verse by a poet named Robert Robinson. Could it be?” He took the book, nodding. “Yes, I wrote these words years ago.”He could barely read the last few lines through the tears that filled in his eyes.
He said, “I wrote these words—and I’ve lived these words.”
The woman suddenly understood. “You also wrote, ‘Here’s my heart, O take and seal it.’ You can offer your heart again to God, Mr. Robinson. It’s not too late.”
And it wasn’t too late for Robert Robinson. In that moment he turned his heart back to God and walked with him the rest of his days.
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