4.24.2017

It's FOREVER. So I need to KNOW it!


I bought pink tulips today. One of my favorite flowers.
Every time I receive or purchase fresh flowers I place them near my Bible. I'm not sure why - it just seems like they belong there. Perhaps it is the contrast between the temporary and the eternal that affects me so deeply. As Scripture says, "The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8
Maybe the Lord needs me to have a visual of this profound truth continually before my eyes because I would not remember it on my own.

What I do know is that He has put an intense desire on my heart to memorize Psalm 119.
I love this Psalm. It is practical, applicable, and encouraging. I draw from it often, and when I was reading it today I was overwhelmed with a desire to KNOW it.
Not just the verses that refresh my heart, but the verses that address my sin and remind me that I am accountable to a holy God for my thoughts, words, and actions. 
"I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11

I pulled these specific verses from the chapter because they speak of ACTION.
They speak of things I want in my spiritual life.
They speak of who I want to be as a believer - and - as a child of God.

Thank You, Lord, for the precious beauty of Your Word. Make me desire it more ... so much so that I cannot lay my head on my pillow at night until I have spent focused, intentional time turning its pages. I don't know enough, I don't understand enough, and I don't obey enough. Open my eyes, Lord! Incline and enlarge my heart to Your law. Give me understanding, keep my steps sure, let Your law help me, and make my heart blameless. I love You and I need You, Lord, and I can find You here ... in the pages of Your Word. Teach me how to hide it in my heart - and even more - to live it, faithfully, day by day.

Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of Your law.

I will run in the way of Your commandments
when You enlarge my heart!

Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!

Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.

May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame!

Keep steady my steps according to Your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me.

Psalm 119


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