My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:28-32 (NIV)
Set Your Heart
What is your heart set on? That is a very good question. Why do you think that is a good question? What I set my heart on will determine the entire course of my life? How so? If I were to set my heart on material possessions my life will become one long pursuit of more. I would never be content. I would always want the latest and greatest new thing. I would never be satisfied with what I had in life. No, you would not. If I were to set my heart on accomplishments and recognition my life would become one long effort to accomplish more to receive the applause of others. I would always need fresh acknowledge and praise. Yesterday’s accolades would always leave me empty and wanting and needing more. I would never be satisfied with what I had accomplished in life. No, you would not. If I were to set my heart on pleasure my life will become one long hedonistic adventure. This pursuit would leave me bruised and battered and broken. I would have no real lasting relationships with others. I would be using others just as they would be using me. This too would leave me empty and wanting and needing more. I would never be satisfied with yesterday’s pleasure. No, you would not.
You have not yet answered my good question. What is my heart set on? Yes, that’s it. My heart is set on you. I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow you. I want to serve you. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. In every way, I want to do what is pleasing to you. I want to hear your voice. I want to rest in your presence. I want to listen to everything that you want to say to me. I want to hold on to your word. I want to be set free as I put your word into practice. I want to live and walk every day with you in the truth. I want to live a fresh and vital life that is fed and nourished by your word. I want to be guarded and guided by your word so I will never be ashamed. Set your heart on me and my word and you will have all these desires of your heart.
Lord, I have set my heart on your word. Your word has refreshed my soul. Your word has guarded and guided my life. Your word has set me free to live and walk in the truth. Your word has kept me from being ashamed. I thank and praise you for your word. Amen
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