June 25, 2020
Today’s Psalm is 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible at 176 verses. I suggest that we read 40 verses each morning and evening both today and tomorrow. That leaves 16 verses for Saturday morning. Then on to Psalm 120 Saturday evening.
This Psalm is actually written as an acrostic poem. It has 22 stanzas or sections, and the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet, such as “Aleph,” “Beth,” “Gimel,” and so on. This is only noticeable in reading the Hebrew text. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza has eight verses.
Many of the verses are prayers, so you should pray them out loud as well or paraphrase them. Today I was praying for myself, my family and all of you from verse ten: “With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments.”
I want to be a “with all my heart” believer. Jesus deserves that kind of devotion from us. He quoted that the greatest commandment was to love God “with all your heart, mind, soul and strength”.
There are times that I have felt that I had that “all my heart” love for the Lord, and other times where it was not so strong. Praise God we can pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and inspire us. Your Father wants to give you this kind of heart, so ask!
Father, we do want to love You and seek You with all of our hearts. We want obeying Your word to be something we truly desire and enjoy. Please work in us and root out of us our love of self and the world, and pour Your love into our hearts afresh. Jesus, You truly are the pearl of great price, may we have joy in being willing to forsake all in order to have You! (Matthew 13:44-45)
Seeking Him with you, Dave