Whole Hearted Devotion – 1 Chronicles 28:9

And you my son, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9)

King David admonishes his young son, the new heir and monarch of Israel, to a life dedicated to God. He alludes to the Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4-9. To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. He advises Solomon to search his motives, for God surely will, and to seek only God. To seek Him in all that he does.

In doing so he is to acknowledge his father’s God, for it is his father’s God who has appointed him.

Wholehearted devotion and a willing mind. When the Lord Jesus was questioned of the Greatest Commandment he additionally mentions the devotion of the mind (Mt. 22:37). A divided heart goes hand in hand with a distracted mind. We are continuously urged to pursue God; to seek Him (Mt 7:7), to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:2) and to work with all our hearts as if for the Lord, not for men (Col. 3:23).


Proverbs 18:15 states “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out”. Solomon most certainly received wisdom. Yet a divided heart led him astray. Treaties made with Egypt, amassing and trading arms, the pursuit of wealth and the indulgences of the flesh; Solomon was seeking himself rather than God. By the end of his life it all seemed meaningless to him (Ecc. 2.11).

Seeking God includes dedication to His Word (Mt 4:4), spending time with Him in prayer (1 Thes. 5:17) and being led by His Spirit to do good unto others (Luke. 10:25-37; Eph. 2:10).  We then find the true wisdom that comes from heaven is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere (Jm. 3:17). No longer a divided heart or distracted mind. Rather, whole hearted (heavenly minded) devotion.