Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Scripture to Meditate On

With my whole heart I seek you;
Let me not wander from your commandments! Psalms 119:10

One thing to notice from this bit of Scripture is that there are two possibilities for us to consider.

Let's take the second first. It is possible for us to wander away from God's commandments. And to wander away from obeying Him is to wander away from Him. That is something that any faithful Christian is terrified of. It is being near to the Father that makes life in this fallen world possible for us. To wander away from that blessed presence is something to be avoided at all costs. And the psalmist responds to that possibility in the only way that makes sense. He is praying, with some vigor, that the Father never allow such an evil to happen.

The other possibility that is presented is something that most of us likely do not consider a real possibility: being able to honestly say that we seek God with our whole heart. We are frequently reminded of our sin, and rightly so. However, there is the other side of the coin. The Spirit can work His grace into our lives so that we can say those amazing words: With my whole heart I seek you. And why not? The psalmist said them! Do you really think that he was all that different from what we are? He sinned just as we do. And yet, he could say this to God, someone who would know the truth. That is a realistic goal for us and one that we should be aiming for.