Digging into The Psalms (Part 3)- Prone to Wander

One of my favorite old hymns of all time is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Today, while studying Psalm 27, I couldn’t help but sing the third verse.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

The words that struck me were “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…”. My heart is so prone to wander. It constantly wants to run after other things and other people. Oftentimes my first thoughts are not of God, they are about my to do list or my kids or my friends or social media. Oh how prone my heart is to wander!  David’s main goal for the majority of his life was to seek God’s face, to experience His presence and to behold the beauty of the Lord.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4 (ESV)

You have said, “Seek my face.”

My heart says to you,

“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Psalm 27:8 (ESV)

Because David sought the Lord and truly desired to be in His presence, he could confidently call God his light and his salvation. He could be free from fear of his enemies and his circumstances. God was his refuge, covering and the rock on which he stood. He could sing with joy and make melody to the Lord because he daily experienced the presence of the one true God. He knew without a shadow of a doubt that God heard him when he called on Him. David also knew that when he sought the Lord, God would teach him and lead him on a level path. He could be strong and take courage because he intimately knew the God that he served.

Why do I so often feel like my prayers hit the ceiling and I don’t know which level path to walk? Why am I often fearful and anxious? Because I allow my heart to wander away from God and I seek the things of the world.

Thankfully, God’s grace is all-sustaining and can “bind my wandering heart” to His! If only I would turn towards His face and “gaze on the beauty of the Lord”.

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