Updated: Sep 13
Verse 2-3 Blessed are those who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart—they do no wrong but follow His ways.
Yesterday we talked about how blessed are those that act upon the law of God and today the psalmist deepens the thought to show that it isn’t just law abiding that is intended here.
Yes, it is important to keep the laws of the Lord and live lives that are in line with His teachings but that is all in vain if it is just done with a sense of obedience. Obeying without having love behind it is nothing more than following a line. A person can toe the line all they want but unless it is done in loving obedience it is still missing the mark.
The psalmist is intentional with his statement about seeking God’s face because he knew that obeying without a focus on God was merely trying to gain ones way into the graces of God. Many people think they will go to heaven because they are good enough. They have lived good, moral lives and are nice people. This goodness doesn’t mean they will be awarded with Heaven and an eternity with the God that they have rejected as redeemer.
There are also those who seek God with half a heart. They obey some of the time and they claim God as their own but they haven’t surrendered totally to Him and His ways. They go to church and may read their Bibles on occasion and they pray most days, at least thanking Him for a meal, but that is the extent of their obedience.
To seek God with all our hearts takes wholehearted effort. This is the way of actually filling your life with the things of God in an attempt to know Him in an ever growing way. This is hungering for more of His Word and making time for uninterrupted prayer and listening. This desire isn’t an emotional fire that goes out but one that is constantly being fueled but an ever deepening love as our understanding of who He is and what He has done grows. It gives us a passion not only to know Him but to follow Him in every portion of our lives. This is the relationship that will give us great joy as we live in His presence.
Making It Personal
How hungry are you for the things of God? Do you make it a point to know Him more and more each day? How is this growing relationship with Him transforming your life?
Making It Personal Kids
How much does Jesus want you to know Him? Do you want to know Him better? How can you learn more of Jesus?
Father, thank You for giving us a hunger for time with You and Your Word. Help us seek You more and more every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.