I love this passage, because it is so expressive–once again we see an exclamation point–can’t you just picture the Lord speaking to Moses saying, “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me!”
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses is reminding the Israelites of the covenant God made with them. He reviews the ten commandments and how they responded–with fear, obedience, awe, and respect. They were too afraid to get too close to God because they thought they would be consumed by the fire so they told Moses to, “Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says. Then tell us whatever the Lord our God tells you. We will listen and obey.” (verse 27)
In hearing their response the Lord replies, “Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!”
God isn’t looking for hearts that obey and respect Him out of duty, obligation, or because it is required of us; He is looking for hearts that willingly long to revere, obey, and love His name and His commandments. He desires hearts that are inclined, because of our love for Him, to revere His holy name. The more we seek to love Him, the more we continue to know Him; and as we grow in our knowledge and understanding of the Lord, our desire to regard His name above all else will surely follow.
Lord, you are my God! You are so powerful–holy is your name in all the earth. God, I pray that I will have a heart dedicated to falling in love with You. Lord, I long to know you more. As I continue to learn more of who you are, I pray that I will develop a heart that is inclined to fear You. Lord, there is nothing more important to me than You!
“¡Ojalá su *corazón esté siempre dispuesto a temerme y a cumplir todos mis mandamientos, para que a ellos y a sus hijos siempre les vaya bien!”