II Samuel 7:1-8:18 / John 14:15-31 / Psalm 119:33-48 / Proverbs 15:33

Standout verses:
Psalm 119: 18, 23&24, 27, 32-38“Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law. (v.23) But your servant meditates on Your statutes.  Your testimonies are also my delight and my counselors. (v.27) Teach me Your statutes, make me understand the ways of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. (v.32) I shall run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.  Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes and I shall keep it to the end.  Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart.  Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.  Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness.  Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.  Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.”

In these verses, the psalmist is declaring his love and passion for God’s word and truth.  He is proclaiming his desire to know the Lord in a deeper, more intimate way that requires the ACTION of pouring into His word – studying it, learning it, spending time in it.  This kind of heart is one that is after God’s own heart – a heart that is fully His, a whole-hearted devotion that stems from a desire to know Him. 

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you”.  The psalmist is a great example to us of someone who is actually doing that.  He is fully confident in the promises of God - that all other things will be taken care of and provided for by his Father whom he is fully devoted to.