“I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.”
I love the openness of this verse. There are times when I feel that God is that mean parent, disciplining, taking away. And because I don’t understand His plan, I struggle with what He’s doing in my life. I struggle with trusting Him (maybe that’s due to my stubborn Norwegian/German heritage) and that He’s doing good in my life and for me.
This verse is one I pray regularly, I have highlighted in every Bible I have around the house, and have memorized. It’s that important to me.
I compare myself to my daughter as she’s learning the ‘household rules’ as she grows. She’s 10 and we’re working toward increased responsibilities, independence, and more freedoms. It’s a challenge to remember the righteous laws of the home when you’re pressured from the outside world.
I’m right there with her!
I may not be learning about avoiding drugs and alcohol, peer pressure, or other struggles of tweens, but I am learning God’s righteous laws. Sometimes I do well and move forward in maturity and trust. Other times I make mistakes and have to face the consequences of my actions/choices.
Regardless of my progress in the laws department, I will never stop praising my God with an upright heart.
Do you have an upright heart?
In order to have an upright heart, you have to be right with God. I reaffirm my faith, ask for forgiveness, forgive others, and forgive myself (sometimes the hardest part).
It can be as simple as saying a short prayer from your heart. Here’s a simple prayer to get you started:
Blessed are you above all others, and in you alone do I trust. You are my God whom I worship and praise. Forgive my sins, those I am aware of and those I may not be. Forgive me and continue to work in me to be more like you. Thank you for sending your son to die for me, to save me. Thank you for loving me that much – so much that I cannot comprehend myself. I ask for your continued hand of love, protection, and training over my life, my family (and anyone else you want to add here). Receive this worship for your glory and praise.
In your son, Jesus Christ’s name.
May God bless you, give you clarity as he works in you, and receive your praise openly. Have a blessed and joyous day!