In this call to praise, God’s people are encouraged not to harden their hearts as they had during their time in the wilderness, when their thirst led to fear and anxiety. It seems to me that fear and anxiety naturally lend themselves to hardened hearts. When we are afraid, we erect protective walls, attempting to keep out any threats. Building walls may make us impervious to emotional or spiritual harm, but they may also prevent love, joy, and beauty from affecting us.
What practices help you to soften your heart towards new people and new experiences? How does praising God and participating in worship make you more tender and open to the people and opportunities God places before you?
Today, offer a prayer of praise and ask God to keep your heart soft.