“And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” (1 Kings 8:59–61, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In order for the LORD to “uphold the cause of His…people…[our] hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God.” Being committed means being loyal and willing to give your time and energy to what/who you believe in. Fully means to the greatest degree or extent. There can be no greater commitment than this. That is why the heart is involved — wholehearted. Our cause will thus be upheld “according to each day’s need.” No “payment” on credit for our future needs, as our full commitment “as at this time” may not be the same at another time. While God can be counted on to be always faithful to us, we are not always faithful to Him.
My Advice – Keep the commitment fully and keep the commitment continually “so that all the peoples [you influence] may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.” Don’t just scribble it in the sand, where the waves of adversity can wash it out, carve it into stone. If you do, you can be sure that He will “uphold [your] cause.“