Read Psalm 32:8-11:


“This is a brand-new horse,” the lady said as she stood next to the mare who had bucked her off several weeks before. She told me that after a skilled trainer had spent time with the horse, the animal had returned with a new personality.

She explained, “Before, this horse’s attitude was, ‘Go away; don’t bother me.’ Now, when I approach her, it’s as if she’s saying, ‘What would you like me to do?’ I don’t know how the trainer did it, but my horse has a whole new outlook on life.”

The conversation caused me to think of God’s command in Psalm 32:8-9. He said, “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.” The psalm speaks of knowing God in a relationship characterized by guidance, trust, and joy.

The Lord seemed to be saying that He did not want to have to use force on us. He doesn’t want us to be so stubborn that it takes external controls to make us obey Him. He just wants us to give Him our love.

When we are yielded to our loving Lord, we will welcome His approach. There is no need for the spiritual bit and bridle when we serve Him from the heart.

Obedience from the heart is wanting to do what God tells you to do.


McCasland, David. "From the Heart." Our Daily Bread. RBC Ministries, 17 May 2000. Web. 27 Oct. 2014. <>.