A Journey Through Psalm 119: Listening

Psalm 119:9-16
9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Now that we’ve gotten to the point of understanding that we must obey God to live the best kind of life, what enables that?  Mostly, it’s about listening to what God says to do.  We heed His instructions and commands.  It moves beyond the desire and commitment to obey.  To keep ourselves clean and walk that righteous path we desire to walk, we have to immerse ourselves in God’s Word.  We have to acknowledge it as God’s truth, have it ever before us, and pay attention to it.  It does us no good if we don’t look to it and listen to it.

Again, that starts with a whole-heart desire.  It must, because we can fill our hearts with so many other things that don’t benefit us at all, and so the more we fill our hearts with the Word of God, the more it edges out those other things that shouldn’t be there.  So we learn God’s Word and seek to know it well, to keep it close, to have it available to help us.  It must sink deep into that part of us that guides so much of our action.  And when we think we’re full, all we have to do is ask God to keep on teaching us more and more.  And then we can share it with others and make it known in the world around us.

So it must be valuable to us.  We must put a priority on it.  Our attitude toward it is going to affect a lot of our actions in regard to it.  When it is precious to us, when it matters, we’ll make time for it above other obligations and tasks.  And when we’ve carved out our time for it, it’s about more than just reading it and going on with our day.  But we have to think about it.  We have to study.  We have to seek and search to know what it is saying and what God is revealing to us.  Because the truth is, when we love it, we won’t forget it.  When it matters so much, we’ll always have it to continually look to for whatever situations we may face.

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