My heart has been all over the map emotionally over the years. Strange how loved ones’ suffering, job loss/financial woes, chronic pain can wear down even the most stalwart among us of our dogged determination to handle all that life brings. Trash our hopes of dealing with life circumstances with grace and strength.

Perhaps stranger still though, how a life-long emotional yo-yo could at last feel free to say with inner conviction as did the Psalmist, My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast . . . . (Psalm 77:7) And it is.

For God has been my refuge . . . a tower of strength . . . . (Psalm 61:1-4)

God is my rock, my salvation, and my stronghold. (Psalm 62:2)

I sought after God, earnestly . . . thirsted for God . . . yearned for God in the parched dry land of my soul . . . and God drew near and I beheld God’s power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2)

So I praise God. I will bless God as long as I live. (Psalm 63:3b-4a)

My heart is steadfast within me.

In light of God’s great mercy and love, my heart is steadfast. Battles within are calmed. Victory, healing claimed. Convictions – how God wants to redeem us all and the hope in God that I am to proclaim – are clear and firmly rooted.

May each of you who read this come to know the depths of God’s great mercy and love. See God’s power. Experience God’s faithfulness in being your rock – your strength – your salvation.

And begin to whisper those precious words, My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast . . . .