Psalm 119:33-41 : Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness. May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
In undertaking this journey deeper into God’s Word I am seeking to keep His law and obey it with all my heart. I am striving to integrate God’s Word into the fabric of who I am and what I do. I want the precepts, the wisdom and promises to constantly show up. When I am struggling I want to refer to the promise that God is with me, especially those times when I am wading through mud with what feels like concrete shoes on. When I am excited, I want to praise God as I should, shamelessly raising my hands in acknowledgment!! At every moment I want to see the world through the lens of the Bible.
But key to this is that I seek after God, not my own selfish gain. And this is easy to write and really hard to do! To make God the focus not me. Wow.
But in spending time reflecting on this passage something quite amazing occurred to me, I realised that I was relying on my strength to somehow bring God to me! Which is a bit like standing on a beach and trying to drag the water towards me; actually I need to just stand still and allow the waves to come to me.
As the Psalm states: ‘Give me understanding’ and ‘Turn my heart toward’ and ‘Turn my eyes away from’ and ‘Take away the..’ I seek God to act in my life, but it is God who actually acts, who gives me understanding, who turns my heart, my eyes. Wow.
Lord I invite you to be part of every aspect of my life.
What are your thoughts about this amazing passage?
Rev Mark Brown
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