A New Year. A New Heart: Day 8

;[‘My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.  Psalm 84:2

What is it that you are really passionate for?  What do you desire more than anything else?  In Psalm 84:2, the author tells us that His passion is for God Himself.  He had a longing and a passion for God.  The “courts of the Lord” speaks of the temple courts found in Jerusalem.  It was the place where God met with the people of Israel, and the people of God worshiped Him together.

During this new year, we’ve got to ask these very important questions:

Do I have a heart that longs for God?

Do I have a heart that has a passion for those who love God?

Do I long to be with people who love God?

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18 thoughts on “A New Year. A New Heart: Day 8

  1. Mafalda

    Well god is already in my heart and he will always be there because my heart is open to him and I trust him with my life god will always be in my heart. Every time I hear that other people love god I get so excited and happy and im all like oh I’m so happy to hear that from you that’s awesome and I just hope there not just saying it, so yes I have a heart that has a passion for other people who love god. I love to be with people who love god too because I see that they are so happy and nice because they have god into there heart and being with people like that make feel happy to, because when i let god into my heart I got alot happier and my whole life changed really I was so excited that I let god into my heart and I still am excited.

  2. Laura

    Does my heart long for God? I definitely have a heart for the Lord but a longing? A longing would indicate an intense desire. I should have that kind of heart all the time, but I can’t say that i do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Lord but this question is good because it forces me to acknowledge that I don’t live my life on a daily basis as if my heart longed for God. In 2012 I am committed to living my life more like the Psalmist said in 84:2. I can do that by staying prayerful, asking God to give me that kind of heart, and continuing to surround myself around others who love the Lord.
    Do I have a heart that has a passion for those who love the Lord? I think I do. I love being surrounded by other believers. Do I long to be with people who love the Lord? Again that word “long” kind of trips me up but I would say yes. I love being a part of the family of God. Once you are saved and in the family you can go any where in the world and will have an instant connection to other Christians. It is really cool. I have so many different types of friends from all walks of life. Cultural, ethnic, and preferences don’t seem to matter when you meet a christian brother or sister. There is an instant bond. I love that.
    All in all, i believe in being honest and being real. I wish I could sit here today and tell you my heart is exactly like Psalm 84:2. I am a work in progress and love the devotionals because it forces me to think and re-evaluate where I am in my christian walk. This is why they call it a “walk” and not a “sprint”. I love the Lord and am so grateful for what He did for me on the cross and what He continues to do in my life despite all my short-comings. I desire to have a “longing” for the Lord on a daily basis and not just some times.

  3. Ben Catapane

    I do have a heart longing for God but lately I’ve been feeling disconnect from him. That’s why I have started to read my bible more often!

    I’m really trying to get into his word and see what he wants me to do.

  4. Blake via

    Do I have a heart for God? Yes I do a few days ago about 5-6 days I was feeling like my heart wasn’t with God and that’s why I’m back on this devotion God really spoke to me and I new I needed to get back in his word but yes I do have a heart for God how can I not the one who sent his son for me so I could spend eternity with God I have a huge heart for God he gave me an awesome family & church home so I have I have God in my heart.

      1. Laura

        Awesome Blake. It really is easy to get off track even though it seems like it shouldn’t be.That’s why it is so important to hang with your Christian family and why we should all hold each other accountable in a loving, kind way of course. 🙂

  5. Alexis

    I definitely notice a difference when I’m hanging out with Christians apposed to non-Christians. I’m not saying I don’t like people who aren’t Christians, I just find I get along better and have more in common with Christians. Because it’s amazing to be able to fellowship with people who believe the same thing I do, and to not have to feel weird talking about God or the Bible.
    And honestly, my heart doesn’t always long for God. It has before, and really, that’s where I want to be! I want to be just like this verse.. “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” I want to have a passion for God all the time. I don’t want to feel like I’ve felt this way before, but I don’t feel that way now. I want to long for God and have have a passion for Him all the time. I really haven’t been getting into my devotions and Bible reading as much as I should and I want to change that, I’ve really noticed that I don’t get as much out of it lately and I need to change that! I want to have a burning passion for God!

    1. Laura

      Hi Alexis,
      It is so awesome to have you back. Can’t wait to see you back in the H2o room tonight. :). We missed you. Good job doing your devos and reading your bible.

  6. Katie

    Hmmm, do I have heart that longs for God?.. Well sort of. Sometimes I feel all excited to do things for God, but other times I feel like, Do I really have to? Or. I’ll do it later… I hope that makes sense 😛 And, yes, I do have a heart that has passion for those who love God. It makes me happy that others love God and want to do things for him (: Not trying to sound creepy or anything 😛

    1. Laura

      I think you said it well katie. Some times most of us do and some times we don’t. I guess that is where our human nature comes in. Great comment

  7. do i have a heart that longs for God??? yes i do but not all the time.im with katie.im like that to.sometimes ill be fired up doing something for God and other times im like do i really hv to ill do it later but then i end up not doing it.its not the right thing to do (the second one i mean) that really needs to change this year.im praying i will do better.i deff hv a heart tht has passion for those who love God.they make me soso very happy because they want to do things for him.to be honest,i sometimes feel a little jealous (which is deff not right) that i don’t do thatr for God.i really want to but i never seem to.please pray i can be more like tht and do things for God 🙂 hope you guys had a fabulous day today and see u guys soon!! love you!! 🙂 <333333

  8. I really wish I could go to church everyday of the week sometimes. It feels like if we were constantly in God’s word, constantly hearing about it, constantly around godly people, then it would be so simple right? But, we are meant to be surrounded by ungodly people as well, so we have a chance to really be an impact to them, and show them what Jesus is all about. I’d love to say that I’m longing for God 24/7 but that just isn’t always the case. It’s so hard to be on fire all the time, when the world around you is constantly tugging on you to bring you down. With the power of Christ and the longing hearts for Him, we can have the desire and assurance to conquer anything through Him!

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