With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! (Psalm 119:10 ESV)
Seeking God requires more space than what we are willing to give. God wants our WHOLE heart and not just part of it. After all, there is so much to God that part just will not do.
For the psalmist here, he knows that clearing away stuff from his heart and seeking God with a clean slate is key to obedience. When we mix God’s commandments with anything else we get impurity and therefore we WILL wander away from God. And we are very good at doing this. We take a commandment of God and twist it to suit our own desires; turning God’s Word into something other than God’s holy Word.
But to clear away the junk in our heart and seek God with our WHOLE heart takes humility and that’s something that goes against the hard wiring of this world. We are sinful and therefore we want what we want and we want it now.
One of the quotes that I have found most helpful when I became a parent 1 1/2 years ago is this:
The best thing a man can do for his wife and children is to love God more than them.
For me this is key when it comes to what the psalmist is saying here. We need to love God above all things and all people…
…even our family.
Notice that I didn’t say we stop loving our family but rather love God more.
Make God THE priority in your life. Let your children see in your life who is King and Lord. Let the world see who rules in your heart. Clean house in your heart that you may completely seek God and not wander away. Clean house in your heart and seek to know God’s commandments better. Clean house in your heart and reserve your WHOLE heart for God’s holy Word.
May GOD be praised always and forever. Amen!
The pastor -|—