“Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!” Psalm 119.36
What is your heart inclined to?
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The leaning of the heart is the way in which all of life will lean; happy shall we be when we feel habitually inclines to all that is good.” The affections of your heart set the guide for all of life—your thinking, your actions, your habits, what you devote your time and effort to.
In this verse, the psalmist calls out to the Lord to set his affections, to incline his heart, toward God’s Word. We must share that same desire. We cannot hope to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord if our hearts are not inclined toward him.
Then, the writer helps us understand this by putting inclination toward God’s Word in contrast to seeking selfish gain. The heart set on self will not seek after God. If your affections are set on self—your career, your wealth, your desires—you will lack affection for the Lord and his testimonies. Your heart inclination leads every aspect of your life.
So, again I ask, what is your heart inclined to? Are your affections set on things of this world—earthly, selfish gains? How often to you call out to God, asking him to align your heart’s affections according to his Word?
Gracious God and King, set our hearts on you. Guard us, Lord, from the allure of selfish gain. May we love you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength—that your name might be praised in all we think, say, and do. Amen.