“Hear O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart…you shall bind them as a sign on your hand…” (Deut 6:4–6).
What does that even look like? Why can’t I seem to grasp it? Where is that sort of single-minded devotion and how can I wrap my heart around it?
God says through the prophet Isaiah, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (49:15–16).
The Lord commands His people to engrave His Word on their hearts and bind His Word to their hands…how can it be that He would engrave His people on the palms of His hands? How can it be that He would take us up in His love in the same way we are to love Him?
Here is single-minded, wholehearted devotion. Our Lord said, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe” (John 20:27). Here is love—Jesus died for sinners…of whom I am the foremost (1 Tim 1:15).
Oh, Jesus, overwhelm every space in our hearts that resists your will! Your salvation is ever before us. You are the example, reason, goal, and way to love God with a whole heart!
Soon we will be beginning the season of Lent, where we focus our attention more fully on Christ’s sacrifice for us… to humbling ourselves and repenting before God. As you consider your Savior, consider this…
His name is Jesus…His hands were engraved for you.