Where Have You Placed God’s Word?—Day 3
Psalm 119: 9-16

“With all my heart I have sought you; do not let me wander from your commandments.”

 


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Charles Spurgeon says, “The narrow way was never hit upon by chance; neither did any heedless man ever lead a holy life. We can sin without thought, we have only to neglect the great salvation and ruin our souls, but to obey the Lord and walk uprightly will need all our heart and soul and mind. Let the careless remember this.”

In our devotional verse today, the writer decidedly and directly turns his heart toward God.  His heart is undivided. He is convinced that nothing else is more important than living with a heart for God.

It is important for us to remember that we don’t just happen to stumble into a good place where we have an awesome relationship with God. Our intimate relationship with God is something we must pursue intentionally.

As good as it is to attend church faithfully, and participate in various church functions; cultivating a heart that seeks after God doesn’t occur by happenstance nor by living with a religious schedule—but by obedience.

Question: How does one seek after God apart from obedience?

Have you thought if you worship hard, long and loud you would encounter God? Or, if you attend church regularly, then you would gain the favor of God?

The writer says, “With all my heart I have sought you; do not let me wander from your commandments.” The psalmist knew that seeking after God with all his heart was directly related to walking by his Word.

Question: Do we strive to walk with God while simultaneously ignoring what his Scriptures say? What does that look like?

The psalmist had a desire to live with a heart committed to God by walking out his Word. He knew that could only be possible through the assistance of God keeping him and not allowing him to wander from God’s Word.

The writer knew this could not be accomplished by good intentions; his knowledge was imperfect and his strength was limited.

We too, like the psalmist, must live with a heart that seeks after the Lord, walk in obedience to the Word of God and pray to be kept by God.

Question: Does God have your undivided attention? If so, how do you know that? And, if not, why not?

 

Lord, help us seek after you with every ounce of our being! Please keep us from being easily lead astray! Amen.

 

 

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 157). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.