They shall be my people, and I will be their God.
I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant that I will never stop doing good to them. Jer. 32:38-40
Heavenly Father, this passage is a banquet and vacation, a waterfall and oasis all at the same time. You have invited us into the limitless storehouse of your mercies, the inexhaustible riches of your grace, and the indefatigable passion of your love. Thank you, and free us from our unbelief.
We want everything you’ve promised in this grace-full text, starting with “singleness of heart.” Free us to love you with everything we have and are, Father. Rescue us from nightmares masquerading as dreams, broken cisterns of our own making, groundless hopes, and foolish idols of the heart. Enthrall our hearts afresh with the beauty of Jesus and the riches of the gospel.
We want “singleness of action”—seeking first your Kingdom, loving your will above our whims, and choosing your glory over our pampering. Life is just too short to be frittered away on self-preoccupation and self-glory.
We want to “fear you,” Father—now that we’re no longer afraid of you. Through the work of Jesus, you have eternally freed us from the fear of death and judgment. Now, give us an affectionate reverence for yourself—an all-consuming love congruent with the way you love us in Jesus. Deepen our gospel astonishment that we might live in joyful awe of you, Father.
Lastly, convince us—over and over again, of your commitment to “never stop doing good to us.” Such a promise is overwhelming, and almost too much to wrap our hearts around—a great hope that would be utterly groundless, apart from what you’ve done for us in Jesus.
Even when you discipline us, it’s a kiss from heaven. Everything you do is for our good, and your glory. We believe this, but we long to believe it more, Father. Forgive us when we doubt you. Intensify our delight in you. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ glorious and faithful name.